The Left’s Latest Attack On Trump: Twitter ‘Fact Checks’

Written by Bill Thomas on May 27, 2020

The latest attack against President Trump and those of us who support him reared its ugly head today on Twitter. For the first time, Twitter called tweets from Donald Trump about mail-in voting “potentially misleading.”  It is a ridiculous, disingenuous. but not unexpected move. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been under pressure from the Left to remove some of President Trump’s tweets. 

Referring to the president’s tweets about Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough’s wife,  tweeted, “#Pleasedeletethosetweets.”

Is what the president tweeted about Scarborough true? I don’t know. The president didn’t say it was. His tweets were, as many of them are, posing interesting questions.

The New York Times also got in on the action. Author and retired military intelligence operative Tony Schaffer accurately describes the New York Times as having “got everything wrong in the Russian Collusion narrative hoax.”

That, however,  didn’t stop the paper from whining in an opinion column that Twitter had to do something about the “misinformation” the president tweets.

I will leave it for others to properly revile the New York Times, a cauldron of lies and hate against the president and his supporters, for accusing anyone of “misinformation.”  As the old adage says, “those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  What I’d like to focus on is why. Why is the Left hammering Twitter and why is Twitter acquiescing?

First, I think it’s clear to see that Trump and those who support him are winning. I know there are polls that suggest that Biden is winning, even in red states like Texas and North Carolina, but we should be wary of polls. I believe those to be “shaper” polls (polls designed to shape public opinion and not reflect it). The vitriolic response to the president’s twitter feed, I believe, indicates the Left fears President Trump is connecting with the people. They would like nothing more than to silence Trump. I believe that part of the desire to extend lockdowns is to prevent Trump rallies over the summer. As Trump connects with the people, he wins.

It’s also evident that the Left realizes Joe Biden is a weak candidate and they are doing all they can to bring Trump down in other ways. They don’t have a plan or program to offer. They don’t have a candidate with the stamina or charisma of Trump. They know Biden is weak, so they have to attack Trump themselves.

For his part, Biden is doing what he does best; implode on the campaign trail. He’s insulted African Americans by assuming if you don’t vote for him, “you ain’t black.” Biden is doing poorly with Hispanic voters while Trump is improving among Hispanic and young African American voters. This reality has driven the Left crazy and they are attacking in ways we’ve not seen before.

It’s also apparent that the Left is completely sold on the idea that only they know what is best, right, and true. The Twitter debacle comes from the elites on the Left believing that they, and they alone, are the moderators of truth. They will decide for us and label for us what is true and what’s not. How terribly kind of them.

Here’s what those who live in leftist bubbles tend to forget. We, regular people, can discern facts. We know what’s true and what isn’t. We don’t need your labels. What is repulsive is the elitist attitude that says we’re ignorant people. Voltaire once wrote, “common sense is not so common.” He’s right, though I’m sure he lived way before this version of the American Left.

So, what to make of the Twitter tempest? I suspect this storm will pass. President Trump will continue to connect with his people. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted, “Partnering with biased fake news ‘fact checkers’ is a smoke screen to lend Twitter’s obvious political tactics false credibility.”

The Left is desperate, though. Once this attack passes, a new one will emerge. I believe Trump and his supporters will be up to the challenge.




Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.