President Trump’s campaign released a tweet on Monday, Aug. 31, with a small excerpt from a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and tweeted a label marking the message as a product of “manipulated media.”
As a casual joke, President Trump’s campaign posted a three-second excerpt from Biden’s speech on Monday, where he can be heard saying “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America!” While it is true that the Democratic candidate said that phrase, he was referring to President Trump’s thoughts on him. It was logical to assume that he was not making an actual announcement informing his voters that they would not be safe under his rule.
To all the triggered journalists who can't take a joke about their candidate, it's not our fault Joe Biden was dumb enough to say this on camera.
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 31, 2020
In response to the reactions generated, President Trump’s campaign opted to write a message on the same Twitter feed saying: “To all the triggered journalists who can’t take a joke about their candidate, it’s not our fault Joe Biden was dumb enough to say this on camera.”
This is not the first time that accounts associated with President Trump have had some sort of problem with Twitter. As the Washington Examiner noted, in late May Twitter placed a fact-checking tag on statement made on President Trump’s account.
The message at the time said that the mail-in ballots would lead to election fraud, and a few hours later a Twitter message said that the user’s claims were “unfounded.”
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…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
As reported by the Washington Examiner, President Trump’s Campaign Manager Brad Parscale said, “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. 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.”
A month later, President Trump retweeted a video on his account and it quickly went viral on social networks. But in another censorship action, this time the video was directly removed by Twitter.
The video showed a dozen doctors apparently standing in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington praising the use of hydroxychloroquine as a drug capable of dealing with the effects of the CCP Virus.
According to Fox News, a Twitter representative said that the censorship action was taken following the guidelines of not allowing the erroneous dissemination of information about the virus.
In early August, Facebook and Twitter again attacked President Trump, removing a post from his page on both networks for allegedly violating the policy against the dissemination of misinformation about the CCP Virus. The publication contained an interview with Fox News in which President Trump spoke of children returning to school, arguing the low transmissibility of the virus to younger children.
“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” said Liz Bourgeois, a Facebook spokeswoman in a dialogue with FOX News.
These are just some of the many cases of social media censorship that the Trump campaign has faced in recent months. This suggests that Parscale was right and there is a real persecution of the sayings, statements, and comments made by the Trump administration.