#ProTip to Donald Trump:
Stay clear of your Twitter machine on election night, man, because the
Gestapo Twitter police will not allow “candidates for office” (YOU) to declare victory unless a victory is “authoritatively called,” or something.
Shocked? Me, neither.
Since when did a social messaging platform become the ultimate arbiter of when a presidential candidate can declare victory and when he or she cannot? But we’ll get to that, in a minute.
As reported by our friends at Twitchy, the New York Times — All the News That’s Fit to Skew — late last month fretted aloud about what it saw as a potentially “yuuge” problem: Donald Trump firing up Twitter around 11:00 p.m. ET or so, and declaring that he won the election.
(Orange Man bad.)
— The Hill (@thehill) September 28, 2020
Reason being, as noted by Twitchy, the “mainstream” media has been telling us for months it might be weeks or longer before a winner can be definitively called due to the high volume of mail-in ballots.
It might “appear” that Trump has won on election night, the Democrats, CNN, MSNBC, et al. warn, but a month later — after as much Democrat chicanery as possible — Biden might have miraculously scared up enough mail-in ballots to declare victory.
Could this whole schtick be any plainer?
The NYT editorial board floated some ideas, such as social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter “introducing friction into the algorithms” to slow down the spread of Trump’s victory tweet.
As Breitbart News White House correspondent Charlie Spearing noted, Twitter has done just that: “Twitter levels the ‘Trump’ rule.”
In a Friday announcement titled Additional steps we’re taking ahead of the 2020 US election, the left-“leaning” site said (bolded font, mine):
People on Twitter, including candidates for office, may not claim an election win before it is authoritatively called. To determine the results of an election in the US, we require either an announcement from state election officials, or a public projection from at least two authoritative, national news outlets that make independent election calls.
Tweets which include premature claims will be labeled and direct people to our official US election page. Tweets meant to incite interference with the election process or with the implementation of election results, such as through violent action, will be subject to removal. This covers all Congressional races and the Presidential Election.
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 9, 2020
Co-founder of The Federalist Sean Davis nailed it — with a reference to the 2000 contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
“Had Twitter been around on Election Night in 2000, it would’ve censored you if you noted that Bush won in Florida (and in fact never trailed in the state at any point) despite multiple networks falsely calling the state for Gore.”
Had Twitter been around on Election Night in 2000, it would’ve censored you if you noted that Bush won in Florida (and in fact never trailed in the state at any point) despite multiple networks falsely calling the state for Gore. https://t.co/ttsehis7nE
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 9, 2020
Given Jack Dorsey’s Twitter’s treatment of Trump, is there any doubt that this guy is right, as well?
Not only would “Bush won Florida” have been censored, even the less severe “Gore has not won Florida” would probably have drawn a ban.
— Brian Almon 🇺🇸 (@brianalmon) October 9, 2020
Anyway, Twitter lost this guy at “authoritative national news outlets”…
“authoritative, national news outlets.. “ 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— George Davis (@PatriotGDavis) October 9, 2020
The bottom line.
Between Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Party, still-whining, two-time-loser Hillary Clinton, the lapdog liberal media, and ever-omniscient social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, there has been a not-so-silent coup in place to rid the White House of Donald Trump since the nanosecond he was declared — by “two or more authoritative news sources” — the winner in 2016.
By hook or by crook, as they say. With the election just 23 days away, it’s now more of the latter than the former.