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The campaign of President Donald Trump fired back at Twitter after the platform locked an official campaign account, claiming that the sharing of a video questioning Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s veracity following bombshell revelations contained in emails obtained by the New York Post.
“This is election interference, plain and simple. For Twitter to lock the main account of the campaign of the President of the United States is a breathtaking level of political meddling and nothing short of an attempt to rig the election,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News.
“Joe Biden’s Silicon Valley pals are aggressively blocking negative news stories about their guy and preventing voters from accessing important information. This is like something from communist China or Cuba, not the United States of America.”
“This is chilling censorship of a sitting President’s re-election campaign 19 days from an election, plain and simple,” Andrew Clark, Trump campaign Rapid Response Director, noted further, the network reported.
“Twitter is interfering in the election and trying to stop the public from learning damning information about the Biden family’s corruption at all cost, but our campaign and our supporters will not be silenced.”
The action comes just 19 days before the election when both campaigns are working overtime to reach voters.
“Your account has been locked,” noted the standard Twitter message. “What happened? We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules. Specifically, for: Violating our rules against posting private information.
“You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission,” the message continued.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, made the announcement, noting that the official “Team Trump” account was the one that was locked.
“Twitter has locked out @TeamTrump for posting video of clips of Joe Biden lying about never speaking to Hunter about foreign business deals,” Murtaugh wrote. “Includes snips of @nypost exposing the lies. Biden doesn’t dispute the authenticity of the docs. STILL protecting Biden from bad story.”
Twitter has locked out @TeamTrump for posting video of clips of Joe Biden lying about never speaking to Hunter about foreign business deals.
Includes snips of @nypost exposing the lies.
Biden doesn’t dispute the authenticity of the docs.
STILL protecting Biden from bad story. pic.twitter.com/VGJPYGiwlU
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) October 15, 2020
Earlier, Twitter also locked White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany out of her account after she shared a bombshell New York Post report that claimed to be based on emails obtained from a laptop indicating that Hunter Biden introduced his then-vice president father to the No. 3 official at Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm that would bring Hunter on board as a highly-paid board member.
Less than a year later Joe Biden, who was handling Ukraine policy for the Obama administration, would threaten to withhold $1 billion in aid from then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko if he didn’t fire Victor Shokin, the country’s top prosecutor who was looking into corruption allegations involving Burisma, while Hunter was a board member.
The former vice president would admit to the quid pro quo in a video during a Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored conference in 2018.
Joe Biden said last fall he never meddled in or discussed his son’s foreign business dealings, a claim that appears to be untrue, given the contents of the emails published by the Post.
The Trump campaign posted the entire NY Post story to its website.
🚨The Trump campaign has posted the New York Post article in its entirety to our campaign website.https://t.co/D6FnpACNtH
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) October 15, 2020