Fox News may regret inviting their legal analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, to discuss Donald Trump’s attack on Twitter. The president threatened to shut Twitter down after the company fact-checked two of his reams of weets — finally. Public outrage spilled over POTUS’ tweets that sullied the memory of an innocent dead woman.
Her widower wrote a letter to Twitter asking the company to take down the president’s slanderous tweets. Dr. Timothy Klausutis said that Trump took “something that did not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for political gain. Twitter said no.
The media went after Twitter for not monitoring the president’s vicious tweets against the reputation of a woman who worked for then-Representative and now co-host of the morning show on MSNBC, Morning Joe (Scarborough). The widower, who has never remarried, said that his 28-year-old wife had an undiagnosed heart condition and hit her head when she fell to the floor. She did work in one of Representatives Scarborough’s offices, but he had only met her a couple of times.
Wednesday, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano shot down President Donald Trump’s threat to regulate Twitter after the company fact-checked one of his tweets.
Trump tried to turn his voters to another direction, talking about mail-in ballots as “fraudulent,” according to The Baltimore Sun:
‘[G]et the facts about mail-in ballots [he inaccurately called] no less than substantially fraudulent.’
After the public outcry over Trump’s vicious tweet reached a roar, the organization said:
‘We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.’.
Fox News Host Sandrea Smith asked the judge about Twitter’s power to fact check Trump:
‘Can they do this?’
He responded succinctly:
“The short answer is yes. The president is right about the bias in social media and the president is also understandably not happy about his being fact-checked. I mean, nobody would.’
He went on to add:
‘But Twitter is privately owned and publicly held. It’s not owned by the government. And so the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of speech and of the press, since it only regulates the government, does not regulate Twitter. So stated differently, Twitter can take down, modify or correct any user it wants, including the president of the United States.’
However, Napolitano agreed that it would nearly impossible to “regulate” the president’s Twitter free speech rights:
‘Look, I don’t like what they say. But I’ll defend to the death their right to say it. Under a Supreme Court decision that the president likes called Citizens United, Twitter has freedom of speech just like you and I and the president himself.’
The letter from Dr. Klausutis continued:
Check out the Fox News video of the Napolitano saying he would “defend to the death” Twitter’s “freedom of speech” below:
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