Trump Threatens to Shut Down Twitter

Mish

Trump threatens "Big Action" against Twitter.

Yesterday, Twitter inserted a "Get the Facts" link on mail-in voting at the end of a pair of Trump Tweets.

Twitter Corrects Trump Tweets

For details, please see Twitter Corrects a Trump Tweet With an Addendum

In a Tweetstorm followup today, Trump goes after Twitter again, threatening to shut it down.

Lead image from TechCrunch.

 Shut Down Twitter Threat

Trump Threatens "Big Action"

Lecture on Free Speech

Blowhard Nonsense

  • There is no legal means for Trump to shut down Twitter.
  • Nor is there any means for Trump to interfere in state election procedures. 

No Big Action Coming

Trump could propose election reform legislation, but it's too late for that. Such legislation would never get through the House. 

Trump could file a lawsuit against Twitter, however, the courts would reject it.

Some of Trump's vote concerns may be valid or at least subject to reasonable debate. 

Vote by Mail Irony

Please note Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 11 times in 10 years

The Tampa native has voted by mail in every Florida election she has participated in since 2010, according to a Tampa Bay Times review of her voting history. Most recently, she voted by mail in the state’s March 2020 presidential primary, just as Trump did after he made Florida his new permanent home.

Last week, McEnany, 32, said vote-by-mail was OK for Trump because "the president is, after all, the president, which means he’s here in Washington. He’s unable to cast his vote down in Florida, his state of residence.

Twitter Irony

There is no big action coming from Trump, just more big mouth. 

An the second irony is Trump will use Twitter to get his message across.

Mish

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njbr
njbr

The main way to be seen as grownup is to not act like a two-year-old.

njbr
njbr

Does "big action" include hooker and blow?

It's a b---- when reality interferes with your fantasies.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

DJT LOVES the stock markets ... and KNOWS his words / actions can move them (in case of Twitter ... DOWN) ... surely he didn't let his family / friends know beforehand ...

Zardoz
Zardoz

Big action? During his Twitter toilet time? Better call in the White House plumber!

Sechel
Sechel

Ultimately Trump can't shutdown social media but this stings and gets Trump where it hurts.
He uses twitter to reach out to his low information voters with lies. Once again he's lying to his base claiming he has the authority.
Even sock puppet Barr would scoff at the idea as ludicrous.

Tengen
Tengen

So much caterwauling out there over an election that doesn't even matter. We have our bombastic reality show guy versus a senile status quo apparatchik. Future historians will treat us similarly to the USSR's Brezhnev era, another empire in a state of advanced decay.

With the Fed running the show, we could elect a dog as POTUS and it wouldn't make make any measurable difference in peoples' lives.

xil
xil

here's a rhetorical and ironic question based on "professionals telling people for whom to vote"
isn't EVERY election RIGGED?

Sechel
Sechel

This isn't what Trump wants but social media should be regulated more like news media currently is. Trump would have a kanipshin if it was. He wants twitter and facebook around as is so he can publish his lies and bypass the networks and news print media.

The Hood
The Hood

You may not like what Trump has got to say but he's exactly right. Any comparison to the mail-in vote being proposed by blue states to vote by mail today is like comparing the back end of a cave to the blaze of the Noon Day Sun. It will result in a level of vote fraud unprecedented save for Joe Stalin's Russia. Joe Biden won't even be the democrats candidate, being replaced by a Dark Horse, and the DNC will do it's best to see that the convention is virtual so they can steal it again and give it to a committed Swamper. Nothing will be decided and this will result in an election that everyone rejects and will move America into the 3rd Stage of a violent Revolution and quite possibly a Civil War. Further, Congress may act upon the Social Media Giants (SMG) as they are basically utilities like telephones or TV and can and should be regulated as to their Chinese style censorship they all help China develop. I don't get you Mish, you used to be level headed but now you sow the wind. When are you going to censor me?

Quatloo
Quatloo

The President of the U.S. has a lot of power to use/abuse if he is unhappy. Look at how he managed to exert his influence to make Bezos feel pain. Possibly the worst thing that could happen to Twitter would be for the President to move to another social media platform (along with the 30% of the population who are core Trumpeters).

Sechel
Sechel

It's all a canard. Trump votes by mail and now.....

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who has defended President Trump's attacks on mail-in voting, has voted by mail 11 times since 2010, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Wednesday.

Sechel
Sechel

time to wake up . this isn't about voter fraud but voter suppression

numike
numike

drama queen

elvis07
elvis07

Mish, I began reading your comments about 15 years ago. At that time you were one of the few voices that registered with the way I saw things. Like debt levels, mortgages,etc. You were right on then. I continued to read your column during the tragic illness of your late wife. I contributed 500 dollars to als in her memory. but what you have evolved into on this site with your crude minions and their ignorant comments is amazing from who you used to be. God bless. Moving on.

Webej
Webej

It should be obvious that these new "private" media platforms have long ago evolved into platforms /public square for public discourse. As such, the same rights should prevail as constitutionally enshrined. "Private" platforms should fall under the same restrictions as apply to publishers. This legal carve out for a new phenomena has applied for too long.

Augustthegreat
Augustthegreat

tRump should stop whining: nobody is forcing him to stay on twitter, so why does not he just quit?

Fl0yd
Fl0yd

So, suppose I scream nonsense or lies on every street corner, would it be acceptable for the city to voice-over and correct? I doubt it.

Then, shouldn't Twitter be bound by the same conventions?

Conversely, if the president screamed nonsense or lies from megaphones in my city, then how would we react? I bet we would perceive that oppressive or propaganda.

Then again, relying on Twitter (or any other party at that) to actively censor or regulate our communications feels scary to say the least.

How do we, the people, are to balance all that?

1410
1410

If Americans don't stop political censorship on such firms as Twitter , YT, FB and so on then some day we gonna wake up in the same shit as in Europe , in the world of neomarxists ...

Sechel
Sechel

i fail to see the freedom of speech issue here. twitter and Facebook are platforms. they publish. the ny times is not under any obligation to post my letter to the editor and neither is twitter obligated to publish my tweet.

Montana33
Montana33

I think Twitter and Facebook have a policy to take down incorrect information about Covid19 and elections. I've seen a lot of reporting that mail in voting is important to the the Republican party in Florida. Something about their demographics make it important for Republicans?

yooj
yooj

“[Trump] IS government. If you support trump, you support government. If you support him censoring twitter, you support the government violating the first amendment.” This is as profound an insight as I’ve seen in a comment in a long time.

Just right on.

Dubronik
Dubronik

The chump needs to be shown the exit in November.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Notice how sides are chosen on this issue by judging the issue on this one, single case?

Are you pro-Trump?
Yes: It's an outrage!
No: The jerk had it coming!

Wait to see the mass side-switch when some nonsense AOC says generates a negative Twitter-corporate response.

Sorta reminds me of reactions to Facebook use by campaigns.

Obama team uses Facebook effectively: Wow. What a smart, tech-savvy, forward thinking candidate.

Trump team uses Facebook effectively: What a corrupt Nazi!

And vice versa if it's coming from the other side.

The mass side-switch is like when one party takes over the House from the other. The two parties almost instantaneously switch attitudes on the deficit. It's like watching a Buster Keaton short. Hilarious.

Sechel
Sechel

It was only a week ago about that the Trump campaign pressured Facebook to slap a fact check label on a political ad posted on the Facebook platform by the Lincoln Project which has George Conway as a principal or backer. Funny how this works.

Sechel
Sechel

I actually think social media outfits SHOULD be treated as publishers. Right now the sites are littered with fake news and information and the sites take no responsibility . Many have argue for years , including myself that they are publishers but just not recognized as such and need to take responsibility for their content. The only reason they fight it is because it would cost money to hire editors and fact checkers. It's ironic that Trump may hasten this as he's benefited more than most by twitters laisez faire attitude. If twitter were to adopt the publisher model he'd lose that unrestrained access to his user base.

Herkie
Herkie

The statement comes as the White House is preparing an executive order that would target social media companies for alleged bias in their content moderation strategies.


Good luck with that you fat orange ignorant pig. What you call bias is nothing more than an opinion you don't like, and if anyone should be sued for bending the truth or outright lying it is your F'ed up administration.

It just does not matter what you call it, bias? Whatever, it is also called something in our constitution, FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Don't like it? Boycott Twitter. Don't like the New York Times or Washington Post? Don't read it. But no president or any other person has the right to tell others what they can and cannot print. And social media is just one gigantic version of the local paper's OpEd page. It does not have to be "fair" and the day we allow some crooked imbecile like Trump decide what is and is not fair is the day you lose the last of your rights. You will have turned over the interpretation of the Bill of Rights to a man that should be in a mental ward heavily medicated.

indc
indc

Mish needs think about all points before he posts such blogs.

1410
1410

All of them : Twitter , FB and YT. They censor as in the Soviet Russia .

JustDaFactsJack
JustDaFactsJack

Republicans are truly masters of self-ownership. In the pursuit of tactical advantage over their enemies, they always end up screwing themselves more.

In the early 2000s, they insisted that people who were concerned about the Patriot Act, NDAA and other orwellian laws were "helping the terrorists and hate America." They laughed at Americans who warned that such powers get abused. Fast forward to 2016 and they were outraged that the NDAA powers were used against their own presidential candidate by the outgoing administration, just as civil libertarians warned could happen.

Now, this gambit is unlikely to succeed. It is likely a diversion designed to take attention away from the catastrophic incompetence of the administration in the face of COVID.

But let's pretend it succeeds, and Trump successfully changes the enforcement of the law to remove all free speech and legal protections from any social media site that isn't 100% unbiased.

Guess what happens to Fox Nation, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Free Republic and dozens of other Republican right wing sites? They all get destroyed, sued into oblivion after they are recategorized as publishers due to their political biases and become civilly liable for all the conspiracy theories, slander and libel in their message boards. The thought of the angry squealing that "this wasn't supposed to happen to US" is, I will admit, a lovely thing.