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