For Every Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security-Related Tweet, Donald Trump Sends 150 Insulting Democrats

For every tweet Donald Trump shared about Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security during his time in the Oval Office, the president has sent nearly 150 posts insulting Democrats, according to a Newsweek analysis.

Since his inauguration on January 20, 2017, Trump has posted 2,089 tweets or retweets with the word "Democrat," "Democrats" or "Dems," according to an analysis of Trump's social media posts.

"It is not the fault of Iowa, it is the Do Nothing Democrats fault. As long as I am President, Iowa will stay where it is. Important tradition," the president wrote on February 4. "The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats keep chanting 'fairness', when they put on the most unfair Witch Hunt in the history of the U.S. Congress," he tweeted in January. "The Dems are scamming America!"

By comparison, Trump has written "Medicare," "Medicaid" or "Social Security" in only 14 tweets since becoming president, almost 150 times less than he writes about Democrats.

"Open enrollment starts today on lower-priced Medicare Advantage plans so loved by our great seniors," he tweeted October 15, 2018. "Crazy Bernie and his band of Congressional Dems will outlaw these plans. Disaster!"

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U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn prior to his departure from the White House February 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty

In a number of his few tweets mentioning Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, the president also went after Democrats. "We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget. Only the Democrats will destroy them by destroying our Country's greatest ever Economy!" he tweeted Saturday, after sharing in 2017: "Democrats purposely misstated Medicaid under new Senate bill—actually goes up."

Last April Trump wrote: "Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn't work. Premiums & deductibles are far too high - Really bad HealthCare! Even the Dems want to replace it, but with Medicare for all, which would cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance."

This analysis comes after The American Independent, a nonprofit organization that funds liberal investigative journalism, released their figures on Tuesday. Author Dan Desai Martin found roughly 100 tweets or retweets containing the word "Democrats," for every one about Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Their analysis reported the president had shared 13 tweets with these words, one less than our figure.

The American Independent reported that Trump had tweeted "Democrats" 1,317 times since entering the White House. Newsweek's analysis, which found 2,089) also included the words "Dems" and "Democrat" in addition to "Democrats."

Trump has been criticized for his use of Twitter throughout his presidency. However the White House has praised Trump's Twitter use, pointing out that Trump is the most accessible president in American history. Supporters have used this access to justify ending press briefings. In January, Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale mocked those who wanted the White House to hold press briefings.

"Really? You hear from our government every few minutes on Twitter. The only thing happening in these press briefings were reporters grandstanding for ratings and fame. Get over yourself," he tweeted.

Really? 🤦‍♂️ You hear from our government every few minutes on Twitter. The only thing happening in these press briefings were reporters grandstanding for ratings and fame. Get over yourself.

— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 12, 2020

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham echoed Parscale's words in a statement to Axios.

"This is groupthink at its finest. The press has unprecedented access to President Trump, yet they continue to complain because they can't grandstand on TV. They're not looking for information, they're looking for a moment... History will look back on this presidency with praise—until then, I'm comfortable with how I do my jobs," Grisham said.