Twitter was a day late and a dollar short, but they have made a start. Yesterday (or was it the day before?) I wrote about how Trump’s tweets falsely claiming that journalist Joe Scarborough was somehow responsible for the 2001 death of a young woman on his staff. The young woman’s husband, deeply hurt by having such falsehoods aired in such a public venue, wrote a compelling letter to Twitter, asking them to remove the tweets. They did not, and as of this writing say that they will not remove the tweets. Frankly, I hope the widower, Timothy Klausutis, sues Twitter. I’d also like to see him sue Trump, but of course since Attorney General William Barr has proclaimed Trump to be ‘above the law’, that is not likely to happen, at least until Trump is removed from office.
Twitter did, however, take a step … a very tiny step … toward mitigating some of the damage Trump’s tweets do as regards the upcoming election. They began using a fact-check label for his tweets.
If you click on the link, you will be directed to this …
It’s little enough, but a step in the right direction. Trump, however, was enraged and claimed that …
“Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post. Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”
How the Sam Hell is adding a fact-check disclaimer “stifling” his free speech??? If they took down his lying tweets, or if they banned him, then he might claim an abridgement of his free speech, though I would argue a justifiable one. However, he is still tweeting lies and more lies, so there has been NO abridgement to his freedom of speech. Nonetheless, Trump being Trump, he didn’t stop there.
“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 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!!!!”
The only act I see that needs to be cleaned up is the Trump Circus Act, the lies, threats, bullying, more lies, and the most unprofessional verbiage I’ve ever heard from ANY president, bar none. The reality is that there is very little voter fraud in any voting venue, at the polls or via mail-in ballots. The other reality is that Trump does not have the power to shut down or censor social media outlets.
But, the fun doesn’t stop there, folks. After Twitter refused to take down Trump’s false tweets about Joe Scarborough and the death of Lori Klausutis, Trump was asked at a press conference yesterday afternoon, if he had seen Mr. Klausutis’ letter, he responded …
“Yeah, I have. I’m sure that ultimately they want to get to the bottom of it and it’s a very serious situation. It’s a very suspicious thing and I hope somebody gets to the bottom of it. It would be a very good thing. As you know there’s no statute of limitations.”
THERE IS NO BOTTOM TO GET TO, YOU MORON!!! Never was a shred of doubt that Ms. Klausutis died of natural causes, and Joe Scarborough was out of the state at the time she collapsed and died. The only explanation I can come up with for his lunacy in continuing to put forth this obviously false conspiracy theory is that Donald Trump likes to hurt people. He enjoys causing pain. He is, in addition to all his other rotten qualities, a sadist. That Twitter and Facebook continue to give a voice to such a cruel and malignant ‘man’ is unconscionable, in my book. Remember the story I related a week or so ago about how he used to trip his children and make them fall on the ski trails? That is the sign of a sadist. Remember that as a teenager in military academy he tried to shove a classmate out of a second-story window over a dispute about a game? That is the sign of a sadist. Fortunately, he never had pets!
I saw a quote earlier today by Rob Reiner that says it all: “Donald Trump is not just a failure as a President, he is a failure as a human being.” This, my friends, is the truth.