The "Let's Shoot Up Some Insulin!" Edition
Trump muses about using insulin just for fun pic.twitter.com/PWvEhEcmTM— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
so presidential pic.twitter.com/0aOM1eO34L— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
"My administration will always protect Medicare and Social Security," says a president who proposed cuts to safely net programs 3 months ago pic.twitter.com/2hGmOJqFrb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump's rant about how price transparency "is going to be bigger than health care, in a true sense," makes absolutely no sense pic.twitter.com/oNou4lYYHx— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
nobody:— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
not a soul:
Pence undercounts the US coronavirus death toll by about 2,000 lives pic.twitter.com/P2S9ef3U7F— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
"Most meaningful to you, Mr President, is so far 30 states and territories have reopened houses of worship" -- Trump golfed instead of going to church on Sunday pic.twitter.com/Ryo3zrLERD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump claims there would've "25 times" more deaths in the US without him (that would be 2,500,000 deaths -- recall he was saying in late February that the virus would go away on its own without government intervention) pic.twitter.com/qHkVQixwgt— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump on why he seemingly criticized Biden for wearing a mask: "He was standing outside with his wife, perfect conditions, perfect weather -- when they're inside they don't wear masks. And so I thought it was very unusual he had one on." pic.twitter.com/zTcft2ymUP— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
"You want to be politically correct" -- Trump asks @jeffmason1 to take his mask off then disses him when he refuses to do so pic.twitter.com/ALhIY9n5e2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
"A lot of people suggest that ... very sad and very suspicious ... there is no statute of limitations. So, it would be a very good thing to do" -- Trump defends pushing false Joe Scarborough conspiracy theories and calls for him to be investigated pic.twitter.com/NeJQ2uBZp8— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump calls former FBI and intelligence community "dishonest slimebags" pic.twitter.com/jzYCU15W20— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump on claim he can overrule governors on reopening houses of worship: I can absolutely do it if I want to pic.twitter.com/T04G24aeV9— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 26, 2020
"I can absolutely do it if I want to" -- Trump insists he has the authority to overrule state governors if they refuse to reopen places of worship (he does not have that authority) pic.twitter.com/GxslxOJf1t— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump accuses Gov. Roy Cooper (D) of acting "very suspiciously" by not committing to have the RNC in August in the teeth of a pandemic, while new coronavirus cases in his case are on the rise pic.twitter.com/MxGyh8FR4p— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Asked to explain his opposition to mail-in voting, claims "voting is a great honor" (it's actually a right) and then ends his news conference pic.twitter.com/H0UDVDGgxC— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump dismisses his own government’s mask guidance during unhinged news conference that shows why his daily coronavirus briefings are a thing of the past https://t.co/5kgvJuFPqD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 26, 2020
Trump Tweeted Some Lies About Mail-In Voting This Morning.
Twitter Tagged Two Tweets With A Link To The Facts.
Trump (Predictably) Threw A Temper Tantrum.
BREAKING: Twitter just slapped a warning label on Trump’s tweets for the first time. https://t.co/T6lR5VYoPK— Elizabeth Dwoskin (@lizzadwoskin) May 26, 2020
Clicking those links brings you to a page with this information:
Trump did not like that, so he pretended to draw a line in the sand like some tin-pot dictator.
Twitter is "completely stifling free speech," Trump proclaims...on [checks notes]...Twitter?— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) May 27, 2020
Twitter is not stifling Trump's free speech.— Bill Madden (@maddenifico) May 27, 2020
Trump is free to lie...
... and Twitter is free to tell its global audience that the President of the United States is full of shit.
holy fucking shit, the president of the united states is a big stupid crybaby who is too dumb understand the difference between free speech and commercial speech. boo fucking hoo— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 27, 2020
When you’re too dumb to understand that the government threatening a private company it disagrees with is the ACTUAL violation of free speech. #TrumpMeltdown https://t.co/2qC6LJEbLO— Thayer Murphy (@ThayerAM) May 27, 2020
That's the weakest warning label I've ever seen— Human Capital Stock Jenne (@JenneIsSoReal) May 26, 2020
Twitter took an extremely small first step. The note from Twitter says "Get the facts...", but it does not indicate in any way that the tweet in question is untrue. It's not even warning readers. In fact, it could be seen as an endorsement, piggybacking on Trump's tweet by directing the reader to more facts.
Twitter should put "There are lies in this tweet!" in a bright red font. Actually, Trump's Twitter account should be deleted and he should receive a lifetime ban. That's exactly what would have happened to you or I many years ago if we had violated Twitter's rules and regulations with the frequency Trump does.
Nothing to see here. Just the president of the United States celebrating, literally celebrating, job losses and unemployment in the midst of a job-killing pandemic. https://t.co/tEyUFqwGWq— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) May 27, 2020
If these people had just worn camo and semiautomatic weapons and screamed in law enforcement faces, history tells us the cops might have had more patience with them https://t.co/dCt46ZL2qZ— Kevin Allman (@KevinAllman) May 27, 2020