Twitter’s Verdict: Kavanaugh Hearing

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Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford presented their respective testimonials at a hearing earlier yesterday.

While President Trump remains in full support of Kavanaugh:


Many on Twitter think otherwise… Here are some word clouds reflecting some Tweets1 from the afternoon and night of the Kavanaugh Hearing. Some words are colored red (negative connotation) or blue (positive connotation) reflecting their positive or negative sentiment2. Also, words that show up at a greater frequency are of a larger font size, and vice versa. Here’s the data summarized from the 12,000 Tweets collected:

Common Word Appearances in Tweets with #Kavanaugh


Common Hashtag Appearances in Tweets with #Kavanaugh


Common Word Appearances in Tweets with #MeToo


Common Hashtag Appearances in Tweets with #MeToo

  1. I collected these tweets through Twitter’s API (at around 10pm-ish) from R. These consist of 5,000 tweets (chosen randomly) containing #metoo, and 7,000 tweets containing #kavanaugh.
  2. Minqing Hu and Bing Liu. “Mining and Summarizing Customer Reviews.” Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD-2004), Aug 22-25, 2004, Seattle, Washington, USA.
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