Once again, the fix appears to be in as Twitter is poised to begin restricting the reach of accounts of prominent world leaders – all while Democratic Party presidential candidates, specifically Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), continue to call for President Donald J. Trump to be stripped of his Twitter account.
“In June, we announced there may be times when the Tweets of world leaders that break our rules will remain on Twitter in the public interest. We’re providing more transparency and details around how these decisions are made,” Twitter Safety said.
“We haven’t used this notice yet, but when we do, you will not be able to like, reply, share, or Retweet the Tweet in question. You will still be able to express your opinion with Retweet with Comment,” the site’s statement continued.
While Twitter says it will begin censoring world leaders (don’t worry, it promises to do so “judiciously and impartially”) just in time for the 2020 election, Harris once again called on Twitter to suspend Trump’s account during Tuesday night’s Democratic Party presidential primary debate. It’s been one of her only talking points that has resonated with the leftist electorate as her campaign continues to slide in the polls.
“I would urge you to join me because here we have Donald Trump who has 65 million Twitter followers and is using that platform as the President of the United States to openly intimidate witnesses, to threaten witnesses, to obstruct justice and he and his account should be taken down,” she told Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
That’s a blatant lie, which fit the motif of last night’s debate.
“This is a matter, you are saying, of holding Big Tech accountable because they have an outsized influence on people’s perceptions about issues and they actually influence behaviors. We all have to agree this is their power. It is immense,” Harris continued. “And so, what I am saying is that it seems to me that you would be able to join me in saying the rule has to apply to Twitter the same way it does to Facebook.”
Again, it’s unclear what Harris is talking about. Facebook has not publicly taken any action against Trump’s official pages, though it has taken the liberty of throttling traffic to conservative news sites.
The idea of silencing the president and cutting off his direct communication to his supporters is, of course, absurd. As CNN president Jeff Zucker noted in recently exposed undercover recordings by Project Veritas, it will never happen – but it makes a good talking point:
The only reason the left – which includes Silicon Valley titans of industry like Twitter – would even consider such action is because they are tyrants and authoritarians, and they know that the only way to win is to silence their opponents. Trump is simply too effective, and the left’s policy ideas simply too outlandish, to win with the American people.
Harris continued her assault on the First Amendment in an interview with MSNBC after Tuesday’s debate, where she said Trump has “weaponized words” (the far-left “words are violence” talking point) and that “he’s like a two-year-old with a machine gun” on Twitter.
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