New data shows the last Congress produced a record number of social media posts while it squabbled over impeachment and COVID.
Pew Research Center found voting members of Congress produced more than 2.2 million tweets and Facebook posts between 2019 and 2020.
“Congress abandoned their responsibility in legislation long ago, and they've delegated that responsibility to regulatory agencies, the courts and the executive branch,” says Republican strategist Vlad Davidiuk.
Social media has turned politics into the ultimate popularity contest.
“They're using it from the perspective of I have this many social media followers and that proves my argument, my perspective and my assertions are correct and I should be at the head of the table, my voice should be heard,” says Davidiuk.
Democrats Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a combined 51.2 million social media followers.
“It's really a function of whoever has the biggest microphone is going to have the most air time. Whoever has the most air time is going to get the most donations, the most supporters, the most sponsors and most attention when it comes to legislation.”