By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Trump’s recent appearance on a CBS News broadcast.
Donald Trump’s campaign against Joe Biden heats up as the U.S Presidential Election 2020 heads closer to November. Trump mocks Biden via Twitter for wearing a mask in public. This came in the form of a retweeted post by Brit Hume. Hume is a senior political analyst for the Fox News Channel.
“This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today,” said Mr. Hume via Twitter on May 25. Hume shared a video cast by AFP agency. Mr. Trump retweeted the post.
In addition to mocking Joe Biden, Mr. Trump has likewise amplified his accusations against the Obama administration and continues to recirculate the Obamagate narrative.
Mr. Trump likewise commented on Joe Biden’s treatment of the H1N1 epidemic during the Obama administration.
“Joe Biden’s handling of the H1N1 Swine Flu was a complete and total disaster. Even polls on the matter were terrible!” said Trump via Twitter at 7:05 am on May 26.
Mr. Trump also criticized the election process via mail-in election ballots which caused Twitter to flag his posts with fact check bubbles.
“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!” said Trump via Twitter on 7:17 am on May 26.
The fact check by Twitter caused Trump to threaten action against Twitter and social media in general.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives’ voices. 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. 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!!!!” said Trump via Twitter at 6:11 am on May 27.
CBS News confirms that Mr. Trump does not have the authority to shut down or to heavily regulate the social media handles as this would be a direct violation of the U.S. First Amendment. It is unclear if there are any measures being taken to allow Twitter policy to balance the fair platform representation of left and right viewpoints. Twitter has extended some efforts to continue unbiased forum platforming of left and right wing posting. One example, citing CBS, was Twitter’s refusal to remove Mr. Trump’s tweets regarding the Joe Scarborough staffer. The deceased woman’s husband pleaded with Twitter to remove those tweets that insinuated Mr. Scarborough was in part responsible for his wife’s death. Yet, Twitter declined to do this, and instead differed public attention to policies and product features to “more effectively address” things such as this going forward. It is unclear if Twitter will begin to censor Mr. Trump.