On his nationally-syndicated radio program yesterday, Rush Limbaugh said,
You know, if Trump wanted to, he could take Twitter down with him. If he wanted to do serious, permanent damage to Twitter, Donald Trump could do it. Now, he doesn’t want to do that because Trump loves it. It is his one direct pipeline to the people in this country who are being lied to to this day every day about him and pretty much everything that he’s saying and doing.
So Twitter has slapped a “fact check” on him, and the source for the fact-checkers are CNN. CNN now gets to fact-check Trump, and the first fact check… You know, Trump started tweeting about how mail-in ballots are a pipeline to election fraud — and they are. It has been demonstrated in previous elections that they are, and just for saying that, they get to fact-check Trump and CNN gets to say:
“There is no evidence that mail-in ballots caused any problems with elections’ integrity or cause phrase. This assertion is false,” and Trump is livid about it, and I’ll tell you one reason why. Where were the fact-checkers when Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler and John Brennan and James Clapper and James Comey were claiming to have proof that Trump colluded with Russia, and they were tweeting it day in and day out?
They were tweeting unnamed, anonymous sources to back themselves up. So Twitter fact-checks President Trump for suggesting that California’s mail-in ballots will be substantially fraudulent. It’s the first time Twitter has fact-checked anybody, and they did it because a bunch of people were demanding that Jack Dorsey do something about it, and Jack Dorsey didn’t want to get any grief.
So he said, “Okay. We’ll fact-check Trump.” Well, my question points out a problem Twitter has now created for itself. If you’re gonna start fact-checking people, when do you start fact-checking Democrats? When do you unleash CNN on some of these bogus claims made by Schiff or Nadler and Brennan and Clapper and Comey? Because if you want to talk about lying…
In a related story, FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump will sign an executive order on social media on Thursday, the White House said.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday she could not get ahead of the president to explain the purpose and intent of the order, but confirmed it would be coming then.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump warned social media giants that the federal government could “strongly regulate” or “close them down” if they continue to “silence conservative voices,” amid his flaring battle with Twitter after the platform fact-checked one of his tweets for the first time this week.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump tweeted. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.”
The president added: “Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
He later tweeted: “Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!”
This comes after Twitter on Tuesday slapped a warning label on one of Trump’s tweets referring to mail-in ballots, cautioning readers that despite the president’s claims, “fact-checkers” say there is “no evidence” that mail-in voting would increase fraud risks and that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
The president, within minutes of the platform’s labeling, accused Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,” while adding that the Twitter is “completely stifling FREE SPEECH,” and vowing that “I, as President, will not allow that to happen.”
Twitter’s new warning label was issued even though a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged to Fox News that Trump’s tweet had not broken any of the platform’s rules, and even though some other experts have raised fraud concerns surrounding mail-in voting.
The warning label came after Trump tweeted: “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!!”
Within hours, Twitter then appended a label to the bottom of the tweet reading: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.”
Clicking that label brought readers to a paragraph saying: “On Tuesday, President Trump made a series of claims about potential voter fraud after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an effort to expand mail-in voting in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are unsubstantiated, according to CNN, Washington Post and others. Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
Twitter went on to note in a “What to Know” section that “fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud” and that “Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to ‘anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.’ In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots.”
Twitter acknowledged Trump’s tweet “is not in violation of the Twitter Rules as it does not directly try to dissuade people from voting — it does, however, contain misleading information about the voting process, specifically mail-in ballots, and we’re offering more context to the public.”
The warning label was only the latest example conservatives cite as demonstrating a bias on the platform. Just two months ago, Twitter flagged a video uploaded by the Trump campaign as “manipulated media,” only to rebuff the campaign’s efforts to have the platform flag a similar video uploaded by the Biden team.
There has been shadow banning of Conservatives happening on Twitter for quite some time.
For example, actor James Woods, a noted Conservative possessing a razor-sharp wit, was banned for several months from Twitter.
Other Conservatives have had thousands of followers mysteriously vanish with no logical explanation.
And, as President Trump alluded to, Twitter was definitely Pro-Hillary during the 2016 Campaign.
What gets me, is while all this has been going on, “Bots” and wild-eyed vulgar Liberals are allowed to spam Trump’s Twitter feed, making it almost impossible for average Americans to comment on it.
Why, it is almost like these clowns are getting paid to damage the President. (/sarc)
President Trump has always been a master of using Twitter to reach out directly to the American people to get his point across unfiltered by the biased Main Stream Media.
He also takes delight in “trolling” the Main Stream Media and their masters, the Democratic Party, through its use.
America is receiving daily communication from its 45th President, Citizen Statesman Donald J. Trump.
The vast majority of Americans own cellphones…and are on Twitter.
Yes, the 280 characters contained in a “Tweet” are definitely not the most eloquent way for a President to be communicating with the American Public, but they are clear, concise, and immediate.
There is no room for “weasel words” in a “Tweet”, unlike the addresses of the individual who occupied the Oval Office before President Trump.
Heck, Obama gave long speeches just so he could refer to himself ad infinitum in them.
99.9 percent of broadcast networks’ coverage of President Donald J. Trump has been negative.
The fact is, President Trump will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.
And, the Democrats still stupidly expect him to be like George W. Bush and not fight back when they insult, demean, and now, attempt to impeach him.
President Trump has the same rights as every American citizen and those rights include the right to fight back.
So, whatever sort of executive order he decides to sign today in order to fight the censorship of Conservative Speech in Social Media, I support it 100%.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
For Twitter to intentionally attempt to run interference for the Democratic Party and influence the 2020 Presidential Election is indeed an intentional affront not only against Free Speech but our right as Americans to receive important information in order to be e knowledgeable about our country’s situation when we cast or votes.
In other words, we will interpret he President’s Tweets for ourselves, thanks.
Until He Comes,