Donald Trump loves attention and hates anyone calling him on his bullsh*t. His preferred way to build up his ego is at his rallies, during which he talks and people scream their approval back at him. Without access to his hordes during coronavirus, he turned to press conferences, but when reporters started pushing back, Trump had a tantrum and walked out. Now, his ability to just spread false information on Twitter is being threatened, and he’s upset.
For a long time, people have been begging Twitter to do something about Trump, who frequently retweets conspiracy theorists, incites states to violence, goes on early morning tirades, and generally posts lies and insults that would have had any former president indicted. They won’t take away his account, but apparently someone finally decided something must be done about his lies. Two tweets about mail-in ballots were marked with the phrase “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” by Twitter on Tuesday.
Trump alleged in his tweets that mail-in ballots would be “substantially fraudulent.” Which is not true.
The fact check warning led to articles on the subject, according to Business Insider. Widespread mail-in ballots are being taken seriously for the first time due to coronavirus, but the GOP fears this method of voting—it would interfere with their usual voting suppression techniques and likely a great many more people would vote. That’s bad for them.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted about the fact-check label, claiming that social media platforms “totally silence conservative voices.”
“We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” he wrote.
He then got in an extra dig about mail-in ballots being fraudulent because he just can’t stand anyone telling him he’s wrong.
....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!!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
He followed it up by saying there would soon be more action against Twitter, specifically:
Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
On Tuesday, his son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted about calls for limiting the lies Trump can say online, claiming they’re some sort of conspiracy with the liberal media and Silicon Valley:
The NY Times is calling for Twitter to censor the Pesident of the United States. If they can push for that who won’t they try to censor next?— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 26, 2020
Given silicon valley’s leftist tendencies you all better watch out, they are coming for all of you. pic.twitter.com/pSochvaYRN
In reality, Twitter has done very little to censor or silence Donald Trump, no matter how much he rants and raves on their platform to his over 80 million followers. Some of those people actually take him seriously, which makes his words very dangerous indeed. Much smaller accounts are deleted or banned all the time for far less offensive things. It will be interesting to see what happens if Trump decides to try and end Twitter in retaliation for their mild fact check warning. Will he shoot himself in the foot? Or does he want Twitter to just be his account, with everyone who isn’t praising him muted?