Is it Time to Boycott Twitter?
Twitter Allows Trump to Tweet a Conspiracy Theory
The Trump Conspiracy Theory
According to Donald Trump, 28 year old Lori Klausutis was murdered by Joe Scarborough.
For those unfamiliar with Joe Scarborough, he is the host of an early morning MSNBC TV program, "Morning Joe," with his spouse as co-host, Mika Brezinski.
He also is a musician and former Republican congressman from Florida. He previously hosted Scarborough Country on the same network.
He is one other thing: Trump's political rival. He is NOT one other thing: a murderer.
That matters little to someone like Trump with a reputation for lying that is now legend.
The Facts, Nothing But the Facts
Lori Klausutis was a 28 year old intern who worked for Joe Scarborough. The day before she died, she suffered what was believed to be a minor head injury. This was verified by medical experts according to her family.
Trump has a warped sense of revenge and to get even with Joe Scarborough for his forthright remarks about Trump, the occupant of the White House took it upon himself to get even for what he considers criticism.
However, in doing so, Trump also lashed out at Mika Brezinski, calling her "horseface" and having a "low IQ." Yet, Trump lashed out at Nancy Pelosi when she truthfully called him, "morbidly obese."
Trump's Conspiracy Theory Backfires
Timothy Klausutis wrote a letter to Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, asking him to remove Trump's conspiracy tweets. Mr. Klausutis provided background information on how his wife died and why in this letter.
But, Dorsey has refused to remove Trump's tweets even though the Klausutis family have been harassed by Trump supporters. Thereby, Dorsey is an accomplice in Trump's libel and slander, not mention harassment of the Klausutis family.
For the Klausutis family, Trump has reopened a family loss of a beloved wife to a husband and family member to her grieving family.
Revenge for Re-Election
Donald Trump has spent a lifetime getting even with mostly imagined enemies. Anyone who won't play his games as he dictates becomes an arch enemy. Anyone who dares criticize him is fair game for a Twitter attack.
But, accusing anyone of murder without concrete evidence and using the office of the presidency to get even for a criticism is beyond the pale of common decency.
When an individual stoops so low as to accuse someone unjustifiably of murder, it is time to consider how mentally stable that person really is.
The proof of Trump's ability to deny what he says is part of a communication game that all too often is deluged by another tsunami of more lies and more denials to the point where chaos reigns supreme.
Right now, the most important thing for Donald J. Trump is to remain in the White House. So important that he maneuvered to have Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort both released from prison. These are the two relics of his 2016 campaign who violated US FARA laws Trump now wants repealed.
FARA was passed as a law to protect the US from Americans like Flynn and Manafort from doing business with foreign government. Yet, his loyal Trump followers seem clueless as to where the risk is to allowing foreign business to take place in the US without any US surveillance of what these business deals are comprised of.
Revenge is a major part of the Trump psyche. Now, more than at any other time, he feels he must use revenge to remain in the White House even if he has to make up false stories about his perceived enemies.
The First Amendment Rights Violation
The First Amendment is clear: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Note that the words "abridging the freedom of speech" does not legalize libel and slander. Until 1964 when US courts included libel and slander in types of speech that are not protected by the First Amendment.
In 1964, the case Sullivan vs. Sullivan, the commissioner in charge of the police department in Montgomery, Alabama, sued the New York Times over an advertisement that decried abuses suffered by southern black students and leaders during the civil rights movement.
The Times ad contained several factual errors in particular the description of events that involved the Montgomery police department. No one at the New York Times attempted to verify the content of their ad.
Under Alabama common law, falsity and injury to reputation were presumed. In light of these factual errors in the ad, the Times could not prove truth. The jury awarded Sullivan $500,000, a verdict later upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court.
How Important is Truth to the United States?
When Donald Trump is allowed the privilege by Twitter to violate its own policies he agreed to when he created his Twitter account and Twitter has already cancelled Twitter accounts for less, CEO Dorsey is openly proving Trump is not held to the same standard for use of a Twitter account.
While Dorsey may need Trump to retain a Twitter account for profit, Twitter must now be held accountable for any actions taken by Trump or his supporters against Scarborough or the Klausutis family.
Given Trump's propensity for revenge, it is a foregone conclusion that Trump will never apologize for his fake accusation of Scarborough nor will he apologize to the Klausutis family.
Meanwhile, not a single one of his Republicans dare criticize him. This kind of special treatment for Trump is what he and the right wing Republicans in this country thrive on.
They feel if Trump has special privileges to violate common decency, the sky's the limit for them too.
Taking Trump for Who and What He Is
It is less consequential to those who have had Trump in their Metro area since he was a child. It is easy to just write him off as a huge loss to humanity.
However, it is still appalling to see him playing golf on a holiday weekend when the total number of Americans who have died from the Corona virus has now reached 100,000.
Unless Americans learn to become heartless, unconscionable robots of the Trump regime, it is not possible to overlook his false accusations or dismiss them by trying to recast what he tweeted. His son, Don Jr., also repeated his father's tweet.
Without realizing it, CEO of Twitter, Dorsey has condoned the unconscionable actions of a man with no sense of honor, duty or integrity. How many Twitter users will now boycott Twitter rather than be viewed as accomplices to Trump's libel and slander?