Capitol Hill’s Best Hashtags for 2021

Social media posting is increasingly a part of congressional life, and the tweets, messages and hashtags used by senators and House members this year underscore broad partisan divisions.

By the numbers: On social networks, Republicans hammered President Biden for record numbers at the US-Mexico border, according to a new Quorum report. Meanwhile, Democrats have focused on Biden’s legislative priorities — such as the “Build Back Better” agenda and the “For the People” voting rights bill.

  • The only hashtag to make the top five for both parties: COVID-19. It was the top hashtag for the second year in a row, according to Quorum.
  • In a head-to-head comparison, congressional Democrats have been more active on social media than Republicans this year.

What they say : Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona) was the most frequent #bidenbordercrisis tweeter, followed closely by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) both of which are in border states.

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) tweeted #childtaxcredit the most, including 87 tweets. Next is Representative Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas), at 86.

Between the lines: The main hashtags used by each party changed throughout the year and continually highlighted different party priorities.

  • In June, for example, #juneteenth was the top hashtag for congressional Democrats, while #flagday came in second for Republicans.
  • Juneteenth didn’t make the top three for the GOP, nor was it Flag Day for the Democrats.
  • In August, #afghanistan was Republicans’ top hashtag, while Democrats tweeted #buildbackbetter the most.

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