'Very fascist of him': Trump blasted and mocked for threatening to close down social media sites
President Donald Trump is threatening to go after social media platforms after Twitter on Tuesday appended a “get the facts” label to two of his tweets that falsely claimed voting by mail is “substantially fraudulent” and the 2020 election will be “Rigged.”
Wednesday morning Trump posted two tweets claiming, falsely, “Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices.”
“We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump threatened.
The President does not have the power to shutter a private company. Congress can regulate social media platforms but has been slow to do so. Trump’s threat makes it clear any attempt to do so will now be seen as a partisan power grab, given that multiple studies and reports have already proven social media platforms bend over backwards to favor conservatives.
Trump also oddly compared what he claims is a silencing of conservatives to mail-in voting.
It is yet another example of Trump falsely claiming to have unlimited power, far beyond the constraints of the Constitution.
The responses were immediate and filled with anger.
@realDonaldTrump 100,000 Americans dead and highest unemployment since the Great Depression but Trump's focus is is… https://t.co/WeDYAKaDfw— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1590579289.0
@realDonaldTrump That’s funny, because everyone knows that Republicans manipulated social media in 2016 to amplify… https://t.co/l5Se2MA4Ha— Eric Wolfson (@Eric Wolfson)1590579311.0
imagine 1) obama threatening to "close down" outlets he didn't like 2) how fox and the entire right, including co… https://t.co/mhzpJoxOEA— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis)1590581966.0
@realDonaldTrump Going with full dictator right out in the open now I see. A fact check on a couple of tweets isn't… https://t.co/B2Ycvlxiyi— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1590579554.0
Trump threatens on Twitter to close down Twitter, basically. https://t.co/jr6E03rNBx— Josh Wingrove (@Josh Wingrove)1590578252.0
@realDonaldTrump If you’re “totally silenced” you, how did you tweet? How are Fox, Brietbart, & DailyWire so popula… https://t.co/rthDlJL6Nz— Alex Howard (@Alex Howard)1590580864.0
@DeanObeidallah @realDonaldTrump Very fascist of him.— Marie Titus🌊🌊🌊🌊2020 (@Marie Titus🌊🌊🌊🌊2020)1590579423.0
@realDonaldTrump A big chunk of Trump's base already supports Trump shutting down media outlets that are unfair to… https://t.co/0FsZAw8GVM— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1590579552.0
This is a lie! 1) @Twitter is a private company, and 2) Trump won the 2016 election because he and Russia (his acco… https://t.co/uU9PXlkzgs— Barbara Patterson (@Barbara Patterson)1590578617.0
@realDonaldTrump Twitter is a private company. What you are saying here is tyranny.— Speex (@Speex)1590578025.0
A day after Twitter attached a fact check to his tweets for the first time, President Trump responds with a threat… https://t.co/4QxVMr8yM7— Margaret Chadbourn (@Margaret Chadbourn)1590583234.0
@realDonaldTrump " We will strongly regulate, or close them down," Appropriate words - for a dictatorship.— Mountaindreamer (@Mountaindreamer)1590578214.0
Trump tells his 80 million Twitter followers that people like him are being "totally" silenced. Threatens to close… https://t.co/P2leP5MNLj— Robert Maguire (@Robert Maguire)1590578560.0
The flip side of rewarding cronies and creating a culture of impunity for allies is destroying businesses and indiv… https://t.co/Dv8tVYYcBm— Garance Franke-Ruta (@Garance Franke-Ruta)1590579974.0