President Donald Trump on Friday shared a story from a known news satire website seemingly in earnest, using the fake report to blast Twitter’s handling of dubious allegations against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The story tweeted by the president early Friday morning was published by The Babylon Bee — which bills itself online as “the world’s best satire site” — and stated that Twitter had “shut down its entire social network” Thursday to stop the spread of negative news about Biden.
Trump appeared to take the report seriously when he tweeted it from his own account, writing: “Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.”
Trump issued his tweet shortly after 6 a.m. Eastern Time, just hours after both he and Biden participated in dueling town hall events conducted live on separate networks.
The president’s message comes amid an effort by Twitter and other social media platforms to prevent the sharing of a controversial New York Post report about Biden and his son Hunter that has drawn widespread skepticism for potentially being fueled by Russian disinformation.
Twitter even temporarily locked the official account for Trump’s reelection campaign Thursday after it shared a video promoting allegations from the Post report, prompting the president to threaten a “big lawsuit.”
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