President Trump, angry and insulted over much-disputed allegations in an Atlantic article that he disparaged military troops, is demanding that a Biden campaign ad promoting the story be banned on Twitter and Facebook — just like the platforms have censored him.
Citing a double standard by Twitter and Facebook, the legal counsel for the Trump-Pence campaign called for a “cease and desist” on the digital ad.
Directed to the Biden campaign, but also to Twitter chief Jack Dorsey and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Jenna Ellis wrote, “On behalf of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., President Trump’s principal campaign committee, this letter notifies you that Biden for President (the “Biden Campaign”) produced and caused to be posted on Joe Biden’s Twitter feed a digital ad that contains intentionally false and misleading statements that cannot be verified when it alleges that President Trump made derogatory comments towards fallen American military heroes.”
Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them. pic.twitter.com/hcX9hGgdm5
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020
She added in bold black letters, “President Trump unequivocally denies making these statements.”
The article, quoting anonymous sources, said that Trump refused to travel to an American cemetery in France because it was “filled with losers.”
The Biden campaign, with unusual speed, had a digital ad up quoting the article. In a tweet promoting the ad, Biden said, “Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them.”
These are my real words about our GREAT HEROES, not made up lies by the enemy. THANK YOU and God Bless You All! pic.twitter.com/oFgQXzpJHU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2020
Trump and several surrogates, on the record, immediately denied hearing anything like what the Atlantic reported. But the ad continues to show up on Facebook and Twitter, and Biden has repeated the magazine’s claims.
The six-page letter from the Trump-Pence campaign, provided exclusively to Secrets, is demanding that the Democrat stop repeating the article and for the social media platforms to black out the ad.
“Twitter claims that it has a role in slowing the spread of misinformation,” wrote Ellis. “Facebook has similar community standards,” she added.
“Both Twitter and Facebook have used their policies to remove or flag tweets and postings by President Trump. Now, Twitter and Facebook — if they are truly trying to be fair arbiters of factually accurate statements — will be obligated to remove your False and Misleading Ad, which is based solely on cites to anonymous sources,” said Ellis.
The campaign also wants an apology.
.@TheAtlantic story is not true. It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism – It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 4, 2020
While Trump has often been irked by military brass, he has shown a fondness for troops. He has visited war zones at Christmas, greeted the dead at Dover Air Force Base, and made calls to the parents of those killed in battle.
The campaign said Biden is trying to “score cheap political points at the expense of our great American military heroes.”
She concluded in the letter shown below, “To be clear, President Trump is committed to ensuring that the voting public is free to make electoral decisions based upon the president’s actual record without interference from deliberately false, misleading, and deceptive advertisements. We had hoped the Biden Campaign would show the same commitment to fairness and honesty.”
Author: Paul Bedard
Source: Washington Examiner: Outraged Trump demands Biden, Twitter, and Facebook pull down troop ad