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August 23, 2020 09:03 AM UTC

Everybody In Colorado Should Report This Tweet

  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE: Thanks, Jack:


Donald Trump.

Twitter’s terms of service are pretty clear:

You can’t share false or misleading information intended to intimidate or dissuade people from participating in an election or other civic process. This includes but is not limited to:

᛫ misleading claims that polling places are closed, that polling has ended, or other misleading information relating to votes not being counted;

᛫ misleading claims about police or law enforcement activity related to voting in an election, polling places, or collecting census information;

᛫ misleading claims about long lines, equipment problems, or other disruptions at voting locations during election periods;

᛫ misleading claims about process procedures or techniques which could dissuade people from participating; and

᛫ threats regarding voting locations or other key places or events (note that our violent threats policy may also be relevant for threats not covered by this policy).

Here in Colorado, where an estimated 75% of voters utilize secure drop boxes at libraries and government offices to return their mail ballots, we know from our own individual experience that President Donald Trump’s allegation drop boxes “make it possible for a person to vote multiple times” is false. It’s not a question of interpretation, it’s completely ridiculous. You know it, we know it, and every Republican in Colorado knows it. According to the Pew Research Center, one in five Americans are on Twitter, and tech-savvy Colorado has always enjoyed a higher rate of social media participation than the national average.

The old saying that a lie gets halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its pants on remains as true in the era of social media as ever, and as we’ve documented in this space for years now local Republicans have depended on this phenomenon for far longer than Trump has been in office. The limited reach of fact-checking relative to the original falsehood’s high velocity makes this a game that liars, simply put, tend to win. Deliberate, sustained “post truth” politics is at the heart of Trump’s rise to power, and it’s how America got to a place where millions of Americans reject the science that could have saved lives in a global pandemic.

Recently, Twitter announced that they’re sick of being used this way.

So if you’re one of those 20% of Americans who use Twitter and probably more in Colorado because we’re savvy like that, you now have a way to strike a blow for the truth we didn’t have before this election. You can report the President of the United States to Twitter for spreading false information about the upcoming elections in violation of Twitter’s policy against lying about elections.

And you should–because as a Colorado voter, just like Cory Gardner himself, you know Trump is lying.


9 thoughts on “Everybody In Colorado Should Report This Tweet

  1. In Ohio, the SoS (R), backed up by the AG (also R), has decreed that no county may have more than one drop off box and that it must be located at the County's Board of Elections.

    1. And both of Ohio’s Republican office holders made it abundantly clear — they are following the law that was passed by the Republicans in the legislature and signed by the Republican Governor. 

      Hmmmm….. seems like there may be a clue as to what the problem is.

      1. I wouldn't leave DeWine out of this. Not ever. He has been polluting Ohio politics for decades.

        But there is a point of view out there, that will no doubt be heard in the courts, that there is nothing in the law that limits the number of drop off boxes to just one per county.

        It's one of those laws that is not solid and indisputable but will be open to decades of interpretation and reinterpretation.

        The previous Ohio SoS also excelled at voter suppression. He must have left an instruction manual behind.

  2. COVID sanitized? I was able to vote in the primary without touching the dropoff box, just put the ballot in through a slot. Don't know if there are different styles of boxes, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this here's some fearmongering!

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