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#KavanaughHearings eclipses more than 2 million tweets in 24 hours

Last week we examined the SCOTUS confirmation hearings through a lens of the #MeToo movement with the accusations of sexual assault levied against nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Over the weekend, Senate Judicial Committee members came to terms with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify regarding the allegations. For nearly 10 hours, members of the committee questioned both Ford and Kavanaugh separately on the topic.

The hashtag #KavanaughHearings was used consistently across Twitter over the course of the day. We monitored the conversation in the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center. Below is a gallery of word clouds generated every hour of the hearings to show the evolution of the trending conversation on Twitter.

The trend line below shows spikes in conversation by hour during the testimony. The majority of the posts came between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.


A timeline of #KavanaughHearings reveals that the majority of the conversation occurred between 3 and 4 p.m.