The War Between Trump & Twitter

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.

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If you click on the link, you will be directed to this …

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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.

42 thoughts on “The War Between Trump & Twitter

  1. He’s an odd bird to be sure. Now some of his clan of followers are turning meaner. Some who own businesses are putting out the customers who walk in wearing masks. They’re both mean and stupid. No wonder he’s their leader. They’re birds of a feather. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • You’re right … he has given his followers a green light to act like assholes and they are. I saw some stores were forbidding customers in if they are wearing a mask, while others refuse entry to those not wearing a mask. Worse yet, some of the Trumpians have physically attacked the store employees for telling them they couldn’t come in without a mask. My solution is to just stay home. I find the masks to be unnerving, though I understand their purpose, but I would never hurt another person over wearing or not wearing one. I’ll be glad when this is all over!

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      • Sadly, I can well believe there are stupid Trump followers in Ohio. At one time the KKK was strong there. The Catholic Church was naturally against the group so they in turn hated us. You grew up accepting the fact and mostly ignored it. I agree with you about staying at home if you can. My son and his family live in rural North Carolina among Trump followers. You just ignore the unpleasant facts and go on with your life. 😦 — Suzanne

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  2. There is a silver lining to Trump. Imagine if he had not been elected. Would a Clinton presidency have solved anything? Would we be in a better place? I think not. At least now the people are mad and willing to do something about it. The tide is turning, especially against economic inequality. As for Trump and social media – everyone knows it’s a $hit show, but many see entertainment value in the whole fiasco. Besides, give it a day or two and the news cycle shifts to some new crisis. Too many people – mostly those that are addicted to social media and the internet in general – now have the attention span of a toddler.

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    • You make some really thoughtful and thought-provoking points. I hadn’t thought about it all in these terms, but … perhaps you’re right and it took 4 years of living in hell to realize that this is not the right path. Only thing is … some 40% of the voting public still seem to think he is the greatest thing to come along. As you say, some see the entertainment value, but others see something in it for them … sure, they will be disappointed, but having thrown their lot in with his for this long, they are unwilling or unable to admit that this train is headed over a cliff and that there will be no benefit, no rainbow at the end of the storm. You’ve given me some things to think about, though … thank you!

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      • Yes, there is the problem of the 40%+ that approve of Trump. For many of them, I believe that they can be brought out of their ignorance but, that’s where we come in. If people continue to “go tribal” and avoid speaking to the other side, we are in for very hard times indeed. And for some, there’s just no hope. But yeah, the train needed to go off the rails before people opened their eyes.

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        • A year or so ago, I tried to engage a few more moderate republicans in civil discourse on this blog. Posing questions, having back and forth discussion. It worked for a few weeks, and for the most part, both sides listened to each other, although I don’t think any minds were changed. But then, for some reason, it began to get a bit hostile, which was NOT my intent, so I stopped. More recently, I have attempted to engage in civil discourse on Facebook discussions, but it seems a lost cause … I’ve been called every ugly name in the book, just for asking questions. Sigh. Never have I seen this nation as divided as it is today, and it seems that neither side is able to bridge the divide.

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  3. I find myself feeling trapped in an endless nightmare. The worst part in all of this for me was discovering some awful truths about people I thought I knew well. Sadly the line is being drawn between those who feel the right to have at all costs and those who don’t that truly want equality. The “haves” are perfectly fine with punishing those who don’t go along, suggesting they should be demeaned, shunned, pitied, hated or simply ignored. Humanity is in the fail stages of its existence.

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    • I share your feeling of being trapped in an endless nightmare. You’re right … people we thought we knew … close friends and even close family members … have shown us a side we didn’t know existed. Some have managed to work around their differences, but for me, I cannot continue a friendship with one who is a racist, homophobe, or who supports a murderous madman to lead the nation. I told somebody last night in a comment that I wasn’t sure the human species even ought to continue, I see it as a failed experiment. But then … I look at others, people who are trying to make the world a better place, and … I just don’t know. I realize it takes all kinds, and that life would be boring if we all thought exactly alike, but the extremes of our ideological differences seem to have created a gap that I don’t think we can ever reconcile.

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      • The fact is, we have to look back at human history. Barbaric behavior has always existed and was ever more brutal during the early days of colonization across the globe. Men have always grappled for control over territory, possessions and one another. There was so much brutality during the early days of this country’s establishment that I’m surprised we made it to the days of ‘Avalon’ in the late fifties and early sixties. (I still think we had other-worldly intervention) As i have said so many times, we are moving backward socially as a whole. I still propose that we are in the metaphorical age of Atlantis now. We have become complacent and apathetic towards honoring the earth and working to keep her healthy. Technology and advanced thought have over shadowed original thought, simple creativity and the ability to do nothing for any length of time. People are rage filled and using any excuse to destroy one another.I firmly believe we are on the precipice of the fall of the proverbial Atlantis. My sorrow is deep. 😔

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  4. With a heavy heart i’m reporting yet another incident of police brutality. This time in Minneapolis where a black man was falsely accused of forgery and was executed in the worse possible way by a callous “officer”. He tragically died of suffocation when the officer unreasonably kneed him on neck for several minutes. Surveillance video captured by nearby stores show the citizen was not resisting arrest as the officers claim. He was calm and obeyed all commands, but was still racially murdered by bigots. Today this morning riots ensued when ppl took to the streets and protest against police brutality. A very sad day, a nation in grief. When will this ever stop? The video is very disturbing, I can’t imagine such inhumanity and cruelty to a fellow human being. These officers should be tried for murder. 😦

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    • Wow, talk about curtailing freedom of the press! It sounds to me like Cummings has got himself in a big cauldron of hot water! ‘Forcing the BBC to suspend reporters …’ would set off a storm of protests over here. Sigh. Our countries are a mess, aren’t they? Dark days indeed. 😥

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  5. Sadist is going easy on him, Jill. I’m not sure which is the correct term, Psychopathic Sociopath, or Sociopathic Psychopath. He has the traits of both.
    As for tripping his kids while skiing, and who knows what else in other situations, that is a sign of being Afraid To Lose at the psychosis level. Not sure if that was in the DSM-V, but it should be. Daddy taught him losing is weakness, and he should never allow himself to look weak.
    What he doesn’t realize is that no one is perfect, everyone loses sometimes, and learning to lose graciously is one of the greatest attributes a person can have. But DJT has no humility in him. There aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to truly describe him, so I’m not even going to try, but I’m sure we each have a list as long as eternity.
    Twitter was compromised the day they allowed his first incredulous tweet, whatever that was. If they had shut him down right there, maybe they could have stopped him. But they didn’t, and now it’s too late to even try. The only way would be to shut down the whole platform, and they don’t have the great green gobs of greasy, grimey gopher guts to do that.

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    • Your analysis is sound … are you sure you’re not a psychologist? I realized he was an uncaring, unfeeling person with no compassion for any, but it was only recently that I realized he actually enjoys causing hurt to others. And you’re right … if he had been shut down early on, then maybe we wouldn’t have this mess, but like a snowball rolling downhill, he has gained momentum and is now a full-fledged avalanche … and we are rabbits sitting at the bottom of the mountain, waiting to be crushed. Sigh.

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  6. Jill, Rob Reiner speaks a harsh truth. David Brooks, the conservative pundit, says Trump lacks “common decency and empathy.” It is not ironic the Democrat Governor of NC cares more about GOP convention attendees than the self-centered president.

    By the way, I did check and the US now has 29% of the global COVID-19 deaths with 5% of the global population. It is up from 28% of last week. We cannot wish this away.

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    • And a near-record 1,535 deaths yesterday. Wow, who could have predicted that opening recreation venues too soon would have such an effect, eh? Oh … yeah, right … the medical experts predicted it.

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        • His most recent remarks about sending the National Guard to start shooting protesters, is going to start a race war in this nation. Can nobody in his administration find a way to shut him up??? Sigh.

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          • Jill, I saw an interview that noted 95% of the protestors are civil. The 5% are the ones giving a bad name to the effort. I have never liked looting, as it punishes the wrong people. But, every group has bad apples – is it 5% or 20% – and that includes police officers. The Police Unions will make their job much easier if they act like the Pilots Union when they investigate a crash. A death of a citizen, especially an unarmed one, requires an intensive review. Part of the great frustration to Blacks is unpunished police who have obviously done something wrong even though we should recognize, the action usually is not 100% wrong or 100% right. Keith

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            • Isn’t that always the way of it? Remember that old song by The Osmonds, “One Bad Apple”, with the line “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch …”? Well, in this case, one or a few bad apples definitely give the whole bunch a bad rep. I have a bad feeling about the coming weeks/months … just when we most need real leadership, we have none.

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