Twitter remains silent about Trump’s frightening attack on Joe Scarborough

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The terrible tweets of President Trump have consequences on the real world.

Get his reckless posts on the MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. In recent weeks, Trump has insinuated that Scarborough was responsible for the death of Lori Klausutis in 2001, who worked in his Florida office when he was a member of the GOP Congress.

This conspiracy theory, ironically, fueled the leftist attacks on Scarborough in 2001. It had been scaled down at the time, but has now been revived by the right-wing attackers, because Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” show are noisy critics by Trump. Trump said on Sunday that “there is a lot of interest in this Psycho Joe story.”

This is beyond the pale, and every honest broker in politics and the media knows it. As noted by Josh Feldman of Mediaite HereTrump is “completely blown away” for pushing the conspiracy. If you are unsure of the facts, read the old man de facto controls by the AP and other stores.
The president is promoting a loathsome conspiracy theory and ignoring the real facts of the case because he wants to drag Scarborough’s name into the mud. His smears are also hurting the Klausutis family. Family members have declined my interview requests in the past few days … and this story in the Washington Post he explains why: “Nobody in Klausutis’ family would talk about Trump’s tweets for this article, fearing retaliation from online trolls like the one who hunted the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre … “There are many I’d like to say, but we can’t,” said Colin Kelly, who was Klausutis’ brother-in-law. “

Three tweets from the right

– Fox’s British Hume reacting to one of Trump’s shameful posts: “Retweet 30K for this discredited story, based on a three-year post from a wing website. That’s why his critics should also want DJT to play a lot of golf, because when he does, he’s not tweeting like this. “

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– Jay Nordlinger of NRO: “What Trump is engaged in here is beyond imagination. All people of goodwill – and even some with less than goodwill – should deal with it.”

– David Frum: “Yesterday, the president accused an eminent citizen of murder. Surely the attorney general wants to be right on this important news? The US lawyers? The investigative crew of the Fox News? Judge Jeanine? Or all tacitly agree : Are Trump’s words just an empty madness? “

“Intimidation attempts …”

This is what an MSNBC spokesman said earlier this month when Trump started this insane crusade: “Attempts to intimidate and bully the free press, even through the bizarre drug dealer of marginal conspiracy theories, will not prevent Joe Scarborough. , Mika Brzezinski or none of the MSNBC journalists or analysts who hold the power to report. We will continue to report accurately and accurately on the White House’s management of the Coronavirus pandemic. “

To you, Twitter …

Donie O’Sullivan writes: Last summer Twitter introduced new rules for world leaders tweeting on its platform – the main one being, of course, Trump. Twitter said those users would be able to tweet things that violate normal Twitter rules, but that Twitter would label those tweets, explaining that although they were against the rules, they would be left on the platform because they were noteworthy and should be used. to take those leaders into account. It wasn’t a bad idea. But a month after the Twitter announcement, Trump sent racist tweets to “The Squad”. Based on the site’s rules, those tweets should have been labeled as a violation of its policies. But they weren’t, as we reported at the time.
In fact, Twitter hasn’t labeled any of Trump’s tweets. Then came this weekend … And all the lies about Joe Scarborough. Why might Twitter be slow to act and enforce its rules? Well, all you have to do is read this WSJ story from the weekend.

I asked about the accusing tweets and Twitter declined to comment: “We have nothing to share at the moment,” said a spokesman …

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Donie’s proposal

Donie O’Sullivan adds: Last year Senator Kamala Harris invited Twitter to close Trump’s account by raising Q, do we really want to live in a world where a private company can kick off heads of state as they see fit? (Trump would still find a new platform.)

In this sense, I don’t think people who join the chorus to ask social media companies to muzzle Trump have really thought about what they are suggesting and what precedent they are suggesting they set. BUT … Twitter clearly defined its rules here – it pushed the whole PR on how it would label the tweets of world leaders who broke its rules. In this sense, it must be taken into consideration …

>> Here is the Q that deserves an answer, published by Gabriel Sherman: “The unfounded accusation of someone for murder violates Twitter’s terms of service ??”

Imagine if …

Oliver Darcy writes: As Trump continues in his attempts to smear Scarborough with this conspiracy theory, it is worth doing this mental experiment: imagine how the President’s allies would behave if the tables were turned upside down and Scarborough used his powerful platform to suggest that Trump has committed a murder. They would (rightly) be outraged and ask for his dismissal. So why the silence from them now? Why are the standards for a cable news host higher than the President of the United States?

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