By just about all appearances, the Trump campaign is sinking, and it’s sinking fast. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden routinely leads by formidable margins in polls on both the national level and in individual swing states. Based on the huge number of Democratic voters who have already turned in their early ballots and the Biden’s campaign recent wild fundraising success, it’s also clear that there’s a ton of grassroots enthusiasm for voting Donald Trump out of office. As the election cycle draws to a close, Trump has leaned in on a dubious (at the very best) story about supposed Biden family corruption. On Wednesday, he claimed that Twitter wasn’t allowing “any mention” of the allegations… although Trump himself was “mentioning” them right then and there.
On Wednesday, Trump angrily tweeted:
‘It’s amazing. Twitter refuses to allow the any mention of the Biden corruption story which was carried so well on @TuckerCarlson last night. It’s the biggest story and Big Tech, together with the Lamestream Media, isn’t allowing a word to be said about it.’
It’s amazing. Twitter refuses to allow the any mention of the Biden corruption story which was carried so well on @TuckerCarlson last night. It’s the biggest story and Big Tech, together with the Lamestream Media, isn’t allowing a word to be said about it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020
The president’s allegation just fundamentally is not true. The very existence of his own tweet disproves the central premise of its allegation! Right there, he’s “mentioning” the allegations. There is no conspiracy on the part of “Big Tech” to remove every “mention” of the Biden corruption allegations. It’s very important to note: these Biden corruption allegations, which hinge on multiple supposed examples of the Biden family supposedly using their name and political connections for financial gain, may be founded in Russian disinformation and election meddling efforts. The Trump administration itself — albeit, not the White House/ President’s personal team — has characterized Ukrainian legislator Andrii Derkach, who’s been working to spread dirt on the Bidens, as a Russian agent. Derkach has been sanctioned — and he also once met with the president’s top ally, Rudy Giuliani.
It’s true that, at one point, Twitter attempted to block shares of a link to a New York Post story about the Biden corruption allegations, although they have since reversed their position. The controversial story allegedly reveals contents from Hunter Biden’s laptop, but the legitimacy of the entirety of these communications seems uncertain. Twitter originally said that the story violated their policy against sharing personal contact information and hacked materials, which is an explanation entirely different from nefarious anti-conservative censorship.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president below: