The headline of this article really needs to sink in: Twitter Flagged Trump 63 Times in the Last Week for Posting Misinformation. That’s a profound indictment of Trump’s veracity and ethics, or more accurately, lack thereof. It means that 40% of Trump’s tweets (not including retweets) were found to be so counter to the facts that the public had to be warned that the President of the United States was lying to them.
It took Twitter years to address Trump’s wanton dishonesty, despite it having been well documented to have exceeded 25,000 lies since his inauguration. Now Twitter is attaching a tepid label to his shamelessly deceitful tweets. But to what end? That meager slap on the wrist obviously hasn’t deterred Trump from continuing to misinform (i.e. lie) repeatedly. And it didn’t even include tweets that maligned the media in Stalinist terms as “the enemy of the people,” or referred to derisively to “Human Radical Left garbage,” or celebrated violence against alleged “Antifa SCUM.”. Although it did include Trump’s first acknowledgement that he lost to Joe Biden, which he quickly recanted in a subsequent tweet
Perhaps Twitter will take a more aggressive stance when Trump leaves office. They reportedly said that a civilian Trump will be subject to suspension for his lies and abuse, just like the rest of the Twitter community. But that remains to be seen.
The “disputed” tweets that Twitter so impotently flagged were predominantly related to Trump’s baseless assertions – and psychotic denial – that the election was stolen him from via fraud and corruption by both Democratic and Republican election officials. Fraud and corruption that even his own Department of Homeland Security, and exhaustive studies by the press, confirmed never occurred. It’s just Trump babbling incoherently that he won all of the swing states “by a lot” and is the victim of a “Deep State” cabal to unseat him.
While that may seem like run of the mill Trumpian bluster, it is actually a gravely serious accusation that undermines the legitimacy of American democracy. It carries the false and inflammatory implication of a coup against the state and justifies the rabidly devoted Trump supporters who are using it to advance calls for a civil war. That’s what Trump’s tweets are purposefully fomenting among his dangerously unbalanced cult disciples who hang on every word he utters as gospel. And Twitter is permitting it.
Trump’s persistent refusal to to concede after having lost the election to Joe Biden – by both a historic popular vote majority and what Trump delusionally said was a an electoral college landslide in 2016 – is driven by pure ego and fear. It is the act of an aspiring authoritarian dictator. And it is an unambiguous incitement to violence against the “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian” citizens (as he retweeted) who voted against him. Consequently, it is naïve to pretend that Trump’s behavior won’t stir more hostility by the white-wing extremists who idolize him.
And this is taking place at a time when the nation desperately needs healing both politically and literally due to a pandemic that has already taken the lives of nearly a quarter of a million Americans. Trump has effectively abandoned his duties as president in order to press these ludicrous charges of fraud.
It’s painfully obvious that Trump doesn’t care that more than a thousand people are dying every day from the coronavirus. And he doesn’t care if his followers on Twitter harm others to advance his tyrannical political ambitions. Just as he doesn’t care if they – and he – harm others at his Coronavirus Super Spreader Cult Rallies. So Trump is, with Twitter’s docile consent, just adding to the death toll. Something needs to be done ASAP! Hey Twitter … #DeactivateTrump
UPDATE: Another four tweets by Trump were flagged by Twitter on Saturday. Including the following one that indicates a state of delusion that is beyond pathetic:
I WON THE ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
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