OF CENSORSHIP AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES
by Sharon Rondeau
Trump did not elaborate on how his administration might “regulate, or close down,” social-media platforms. However, on Tuesday evening, he indicated his displeasure with Twitter for, according to Trump, “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.”
There, Trump was responding to Twitter’s launch of a purported fact-checking operation in which the platform refuted Trump’s claim that the utilization of mail-in balloting to conduct voting on a large scale would result in election fraud.
Earlier Tuesday, Twitter reportedly declined a request to remove Trump’s tweets from last week suggesting that law enforcement open a “cold case” investigation into the death of a staffer to then-Rep. Joe Scarborough, now an MSNBC host and strident Trump opponent.
According to govtrack.us, Scarborough’s voting pattern fell roughly in the middle of the “conservative ideology” but showed a higher-than-average absence when it came to casting a vote.
The request to Twitter was made in a 2½-page letter from the widower of Lori Klausutis, who reportedly was found deceased in Scarborough’s congressional office on July 21, 2001 at the age of 28. Her death was stated to have emanated from an undetected congenital problem which caused her to fall and strike her head, causing fatal trauma.
The New York Times called Trump’s suggestions as to Scarborough a “vile conspiracy theory.”
Beginning in 2018, various congressional committees held hearings on alleged social-media censorship which some in the mainstream media claimed were based on the perpetration of “conspiracy theories.” The same was said about claims that Barack Hussein Obama is not a “natural born Citizen” and therefore ineligible for the presidency, and that his purported “long-form” birth certificate is a forgery as determined by a five-year criminal investigation conducted under the authority of the Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff’s Office.
In his tweets suggesting an investigation be opened involving Scarborough, Trump did not name the deceased. However, her husband wrote in his letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that the comments were hurtful to him and his wife’s surviving family members.
Shortly before 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Trump tweeted: