Following the mid-June announcement of his bid for a second term, the frequency and rate of Trump’s anti-press tweets ramped up throughout the summer. In May, Trump posted 29 negative tweets about the media, or 7% of his total original tweets. In June, he posted 56 such tweets (15%) and 58 tweets in July (12%).
But it was August and September that would set records for the most anti-press tweets that Trump posted in a single month, with 78 in August (18%) and 83 in September (17%). The previous high was 72 tweets in December 2015 — the month between the fourth and fifth Republican presidential debates.
These numbers dropped dramatically when the official impeachment inquiry was announced on Sept. 24, 2019, as Trump’s social media attention shifted to Democrats in Congress. The average number of anti-press tweets in the last three months of the year was down to 41 (8%), or about half of what the president had posted in August and September. In the first 19 days of January, Trump only posted 9 anti-press tweets.