Trump claims Twitter is 'interfering in the 2020 presidential election' by fact-checking tweetsby Zachary Halaschak
President Trump fired back at Twitter after it appended a fact-checking label to two of his tweets in which he claimed mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.
“@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,” Trump said. “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
The shot at Twitter comes after the social media site added a “get the facts” alert under a series of tweets targeting California’s mail-in ballots.
“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent,” Trump wrote in the tweets. “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!”
When the “get the facts” button is clicked, it leads to a page with a headline-like title, “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud,” and links to tweets and articles discussing the matter.
A Twitter representative said Tuesday that the president’s tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”
The controversy comes the same day as the president peddled an unfounded conspiracy theory about the death of Lori Klausutis, a staffer who worked for Joe Scarborough when he was a Republican congressman from Florida. Twitter said it was “deeply sorry” for Trump’s tweets but refused to delete them after Klausutis’s widower asked Twitter’s CEO to delete them.
Joe Biden said Tuesday that he supports Twitter fact-checking Trump’s tweets.
“I'm of the view that social media companies have to reexamine whether or not — for example, if you put something out saying that same outlandish thing that the president thinks a talk show host on a cable committed murder, I mean, you'd say, ‘There's no evidence for that at all. Zero,’” Biden said during an interview.
Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, responded to the Twitter fact check with indignation and said the company has a “clear political bias.”
“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters,” Parscale said. “Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility. There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them.”