There are few things more hypocritical than Donald Trump, by far the most mendacious president in this country’s history, whining about misinformation. His entire political career has been built on profligate lies and the systematic denial of reality to the point where the American people’s faith in the word of the president might never fully recover. Seemingly oblivious to this fact, Trump took to Twitter this morning to complain about a genuinely funny photograph of Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell photoshopped to look like a Russian government official adorned with the tag “Moscow Mitch,” an increasingly popular moniker for the Kentucky senator.
Trump asked why Twitter chooses to leave “phony pictures” like the McConnel image up while simultaneously removing “Republican/Conservative pictures and statements that are true.” The immediately obvious answer to Trump’s question is that the image is clearly fake and clearly satire and only the most embarrassingly credulous individual would think it was real.
That said, the “Moscow Mitch” nickname is an appropriate one, given the shameful manner in which McConnell has enabled and shielded this president from consequences even as Trump continues to ignore reports that Vladimir Putin’s cryptomobster regime offers cash bounties for dead American soldiers. On top of that, the GOP turned a blind eye to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and is happily doing so again as Russia redoubles its efforts for 2020.
In his tweet, the president called for McConnell to join fellow Republican hacks Senator Josh Hawley (MO) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (TN) to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a statute which holds that: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
By calling to repeal 230, Trump is pushing to curtail the First Amendment and transparently advocating for a state of affairs in which tech companies (“Big Tech” as he calls them) are held accountable for every anti-Republican sentiment published on their platforms. He’s not trying to create a more honest, more accountable internet, he’s trying to create one where conservatives can dismantle our democracy in peace without fear of being mocked or shamed online.
Perhaps the funniest part about this pathetic little tweet is that by sharing the McConnell meme in order to ostensibly bash it, Trump really only managed to amplify it. Because of him, even more, people are seeing it now. The best thing the rest of us can do is follow his lead and spread the image far and wide…
Why does Twitter leave phony pictures like this up, but take down Republican/Conservative pictures and statements that are true? Mitch must fight back and repeal Section 230, immediately. Stop biased Big Tech before they stop you! @HawleyMO @MarshaBlackburn https://t.co/ah0nMeQdM0
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2020
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