Can Donald Trump tweet badly

Fight against Fakenews:
Twitter's fact check turns out badly for Trump

The short message service has been repeatedly accused of not taking action against false, misleading or offensive tweets of Trump. Twitter had tightened the pace against misleading information just over two weeks ago. Among other things, it was announced that they would be provided with warning notices. At the time, the measure was primarily associated with the untruths about the coronavirus.

The Twitter fact check relied on CNN, the Washington Post newspaper and other unnamed experts - CNN and the Washington Post are proven critics of Trump. The fact check said, among other things, Trump falsely claims that California would send postal ballot papers to anyone in the state - "regardless of who they are or how they got there." In fact, only registered voters would receive postal ballot papers. Trump's statement that postal voting would lead to "a manipulated election" is also unfounded.

Twitter is Trump's most important mouthpiece because it allows him to address millions of Americans directly - bypassing media that could critically classify his statements. More than 80 million people follow the US president on Twitter.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, calls for an expansion of postal votes in the US presidential election on November 3rd have been loud. Trump and his Republicans are opposing this because they fear that the US Democrats could benefit from a postal vote. Trump attacked the Governor of California, Democrat Gavin Newsom, in particular on Tuesday in the White House because of plans to vote by mail.

"Anyone who can run will get a ballot in California," said Trump. This would mean that ballot papers would also go to people without a residence permit who would not have the right to vote. “We won't allow that.” The US would become a “laughing stock”, warned the president. "Voting is a great honor."

Curious Trump tweets

Meanwhile, Trump tweets on another topic also caused controversy: Trump is fueling a conspiracy theory about an alleged murder, although the widower of the dead is desperate to oppose it. It's about the employee of the former congressman and presenter Joe Scarborough, Lori Klausutis. Their widower Timothy Klausutis unsuccessfully asked Twitter boss Jack Dorsey in a letter published by the New York Times to delete Trump tweets suggesting that Scarborough may have murdered Lori Klausutis.

Scarborough works for the broadcaster MSNBC and is an avowed opponent of Trump. Trump has repeatedly called on Twitter that the allegedly unsolved case of the death of Lori Klausutis in 2001 be reopened. Among other things, the President tweeted on May 12 with a view to Scarborough: "Did he get away with murder?" Trump said Tuesday in the White House at an event that was actually about diabetes in older Americans that the Klausutis case was "very suspicious". "Many people" assume that Scarborough could have had something to do with the death of the woman.

The widower's letter stated that his wife had suffered from undiagnosed heart disease. She fell while working in Scarborough's Florida office and hit her head on the desk. The murder thesis contradicts the autopsy and is one of the "terrible lies" spread by "conspiracy theorists" like Trump.

Timothy Klausutis also wrote that since the day of his wife's accidental death there had been "a constant flood of falsehoods, half-truths, allusions and conspiracy theories". These made it difficult for him to get on with his life. Trump's tweets would violate Twitter rules. He did not call for Trump to be excluded from the platform, but demanded that the tweets in question be deleted. The New York Times quoted a statement from Twitter that Trump's tweets were not against the rules. They regret the pain they caused and are working on changes to the regulations.

Can Merey, dpa