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Hashtag #TrumpThis: Lawmakers Mix It Up on Social Media

Dingell's Facebook posts could some day rival her husband's Twitter feed for sheer "what-the-heck" value. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Dingell's Facebook posts could some day rival her husband's Twitter feed for sheer "what-the-heck" value. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In an age of sanitized social media, Donald Trump has proved to be a politician doing his own messaging can be an asset. In that spirit, here’s a look at some of our favorite pols doing their own thing. (Seriously, we hope it’s not a staffer doing this stuff.)  

The first politician who comes to mind for tweeting-on-his-own has to be Sen. Charles E. Grassley. @ChuckGrassley has been entertaining his 89,000 followers for years with updates on issues that come up during his town halls, the status of Iowa’s deer population and, sometimes, just Grassley bein’ Grassley.

(He was all right!)  

Grassley also has a unique (and well-documented) ability to bemoan the lack of history on the History Channel.

Why, indeed, congressman. Why, indeed. Grassley has also been known, from time to time, to break into Weird Twitter™. And yeah: He’s better at tweeting about deer than you’ll ever be at tweeting about anything. Thank you, congressman. Thank you so much.  

On Twitter, it’s easy for Debbie Dingell to be overshadowed by her husband and congressional predecessor, former Rep. John D. Dingell — @JohnDingell, as we think about him now — but the freshman Democrat seems to have grabbed hold of her Facebook and reminded us all that, actually, your mom’s Facebook could get worse. (Not that we don’t love your Facebook, Mom, or that we don’t love your grammatically shorthanded Facebook screeds, congresswoman.)

Sunday morning….grocery shopping, post office, dry cleaners, laundry, drop off at goodwill, coffee with the boys at… Posted by Debbie Dingell on Sunday, August 23, 2015

(She signs the Facebook posts that she does with “D2,” which is a great nickname, as well as the best “Mighty Ducks” movie.)

Yeah it’s Friday! So to top Wednesday off, John broke a tooth. Got him to the dentist yesterday, tooth fixed. And I was… Posted by Debbie Dingell on Friday, August 21, 2015

It may be a cross between TMI and tl;dr, but it’s solid Facebooking IMO.

A long day……John Dingell in a house without electricity isn’t an experience I recommend anyone share but the power… Posted by Debbie Dingell on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What is Facebook for if not editorializing?  

While most members aren’t doing their own Twitter or Facebook, some members have taken to Instagram as their one social media outlet. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy seems to fit that description.  

He likes the outdoors . (You might notice Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., really enjoyed this recent dispatch, as did Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.)  

(Screenshot via Instagram)
(Screenshot via Instagram)

(McCarthy kicked off a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters at the end of July by explaining this Insta. He told reporters falcons won’t come to your glove unless you have food. “They don’t make friends,” he said. “They just want to eat.”)  

And he’s a sucker for a good #tbt . (Aren’t we all?)  

Anyway, keep doing you, members of Congress. Maybe it’ll win you the presidency one day (or maybe not).  

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