Trump: 'Twitter is Interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election'
President hammers social networking platform for 'stifling free speech'
President Donald Trump has nuked Twitter in an explosive statement, accusing the social media platform of "interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election."
The president dropped the hammer with full force on Jack Dorsey's microblogging network, slamming Twitter for "stifling free speech" before declaring that "I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"
President Trump has accused Twitter of election meddling after the social media site started to fact-check his tweets and add warnings to his posts.
Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday night to blast the company's decision to label some of his tweets as "misleading."
He also threatened Twitter, warning he will not allow it to continue.
"@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election," Trump wrote in a tweet Tuesday night.
"They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president continued.
"Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"
....Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
It came after Trump was fact-checked by Twitter earlier on Tuesday for suggesting that California's mail-in balloting initiative would lead to substantial voter fraud in the November general election.
"There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent," Trump had written Tuesday morning.
"Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed."
Trump then pointed to concerns about non-citizens receiving ballots.
"The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one," the president said.
"That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote."
"This will be a Rigged Election," Trump concluded.
....living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
By Tuesday afternoon, Twitter had labeled the tweets with a blue exclamation mark prompting users to "get the facts about mail-in ballots."
Another page on the social media site called Trump's tweets "unsubstantiated," according to "fact-checkers" from CNN, Washington Post, and other mainstream news outlets.
"These tweets contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots," a statement from Twitter read.
Trump's 2020 campaign was quick to slam the move.
"We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters," campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.
"Partnering with the biased fake news media 'fact-checkers' is only a smokescreen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility.
"There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them."