What’s Trending? 📈 Truckers, Trump, and Taxing the Rich

WHAT’S TRENDING THIS WEEK

  • Jobs: Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a strong jobs report despite the spread of Omicron. In January, the economy gained an impressive 467,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained relatively flat (despite millions sick and out of the workforce).
  • Trump: Republicans struggle to forge a coherent path forward when it comes to discussing January 6th and Trump. Internal debates continue to divide the GOP on the characterization of January 6th as “legitimate political discourse,” and Fox News has called out Trump’s claims of election fraud as lies. This all comes at a time when House Democrats are investigating the former president for his alleged violations of the Presidential Records Act.

WHAT WE’RE HEARING ON SOCIAL

Progressives authored two of the top ten political posts of the past week, down from five the week prior. Joe Biden’s post about the new White House cat, Willow, led all political posts in interactions by a significant margin, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s post also featured in the top ten.

Top 10 progressive and conservative Facebook posts by interactions, according to data from NewsWhip.
Top 10 political Facebook posts by interactions for the weeks of January 20th and 27th, according to data from NewsWhip
Top 10 Facebook posts from progressive pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.
Top 10 Facebook posts from conservative pages over the last week, according to data from NewsWhip.

DEEP DIVE

While the ongoing Joe Rogan and Spotify discourse continues to dominate much of our Facebook tracking, there are several other trend lines worth teasing out.

Total Facebook interactions for posts referencing topic keywords, according to data from NewsWhip (U.S. pages only)

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