After 3 days of violent riots, fires, looting, a takeover of the Minneapolis Police 3rd District, and copycat protests taking place in major cities across the United States, President Trump took to Twitter to let the feckless Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and the violent rioters know he’s had enough.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
Only moments after President Trump tweeted about the mishandling of the rioters by radical Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and less than 24 hours after Trump’s Executive Order created to reign in censorship by tech giants, Twitter did something they have never done to a sitting President before—they added a warning label to one of his tweets. The label they attached to his tweet falsely warned users that his tweet “glorifies violence.”
President Trump clarified his tweet this morning with two more tweets explaining how Twitter misinterpreted his remarks:
Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night – or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot. I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means
It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It’s very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!
….It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It’s very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Conservative Jack Posbiec also clarified Trump’s tweet, saying: “I don’t know who needs to hear this but Trump’s tweet about looters was about rioters escalating violence, not about using violence against them
I don't know who needs to hear this but Trump's tweet about looters was about rioters escalating violence, not about using violence against them
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 29, 2020
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Dan Bongino ripped into activist/singer Taylor Swift for her vile tweet accusing Trump of “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism” and accusing him of “threatening violence.”
Dishonestly tweeted from one of her multimillion dollar mansions as she ruthlessly misleads her followers 👇🏻 https://t.co/BlIyqj26Ew
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 29, 2020
Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that put tech giants who have a monopoly on information disseminated on the internet, on notice.
Attorney General Barr spoke out on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook who are censoring content they don’t agree with. “These companies grew because they held themselves out as public forums—as free public forums where a variety of voices & diverse voices could come on and be heard,” AG Barr said.
"These companies grew because they held themselves out as public forums—as free public forums where a variety of voices & diverse voices could come on and be heard," AG Barr said.
"They've now switched & they are using that market power to force particular view points." pic.twitter.com/FDRwVpuTyk
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2020
President Trump also spoke out about how taxpayer dollars should not go to social media giants that unfairly repress free speech, saying they bully users. He added that there will be a lawsuit and that lawmakers will begin legislation against the tech giants.
The Trump Administration is making sure your taxpayer dollars don't go to social media giants that unfairly repress free speech. pic.twitter.com/L3FiJ0eG5L
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2020
Twitter has been shadowbanning our posts for years. We know firsthand how it feels to be a victim of censorship on social media. Google included our website in their blacklist of sites to either demote or keep hidden from users. Our Facebook page lost over 90% of its traffic after President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, and it never came back, while the traffic on far-left Facebook pages like Occupy Democrats has exploded since President Trump was elected. There is a clear bias with social media censorship teams when it comes to liberal vs. conservative content. President Trump needed to address this serious issue.
What do you think? Isn’t the act of adding a warning label to the words of a the world’s most powerful man the worst kind of censorship? Tell us what you think about what Twitter did to President Trump less than 24 hours after he signed an executive order that could have massive implications for unregulated tech giants like Twitter.