Trump Is Posting Photos of Protesters on Twitter

In a move to try and identify protesters for possible arrest, President Donald Trump tweeted posters of protesters who allegedly vandalized the statue of Andrew Jackson at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.

The posters read, “The United States Park Police, in conjunction with the FBI Washington Field Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force, is attempting to identify several individuals who are responsible for vandalizing federal property at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.” And the attempt to identify is because of “Destruction of property and other related crimes.”

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The photos placed on the public notices are screenshots from photos taken from the protests, and now other activists are warning protesters to wear masks and face coverings to protect themselves.

HOLY SHIT IS ANYONE ELSE LOOKING AT DONALD TRUMPS TWITTER RIGHT NOW?? https://t.co/mioxdAT75i — Theo✡︎🏳️‍🌈 (@Theo✡︎🏳️‍🌈)1593297571.0

This news comes after Trump promised jail time of up to 10 years for people who defaced “any monument, statue or other such federal property.” He cited the 2003 Veteran’s Memorial Preservation act to justify this action, and says that it applies retroactively to “vandalism already caused.”

…..This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism al… https://t.co/20tH4QtIA4 — Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1592909206.0

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Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout Against Trump Posts

After Mark Zuckerberg’s comments last week about Facebook’s strategy of taking a less hands-on approach to regulating President Donald Trump’s postings on the platform compared to Twitter, employees are publicly criticizing the company — and staging a walkout in opposition.

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When Trump sent out his first several inflammatory tweets concerning the protests in honor of George Floyd last week, Twitter took swift action to label his speech as violent. While the posts were ultimately kept available for viewing, they were only accessible under a content warning — a limit that set Trump off. The platform’s unwavering stance against Trump’s threats was celebrated by many, but caused conservatives to mumble about sanctions on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects social media companies from immense liabilities and promotes free speech online.

Instead of taking similar action, or at the very least promising it in the future, against Trump’s incendiary speech on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg instead chose to opt for a stance that allowed the posts to stay up. Although it is true that Facebook should not act as an editorial board for its members posts, should it want to safeguard its Section 230 immunity, many Facebook employees are vehemently against Zuckerberg’s inaction.

The New York Times first reported that several employees were preparing for a virtual walkout today to show that they were ready to resign from their positions over the issue. Petitions were allegedly circulated since the incident calling for the resignations of executives, including Facebook’s vice president of global policy and “close friend” of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Joel Kaplan.

Now, amid radio silence in the form of action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, employees have signed off for the day and activated automated email replies that explained their out-of-office status as an act of protest.

Zuckerberg allegedly plans to meet with employees tomorrow for his usual weekly meeting instead of on Thursday. Reports say that he will hold space for employees to question him then on his viewpoint of limiting Trump’s speech as curatorial and ultimate decision to keep Trump’s posts on the platform.

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Trump Designates Antifa a Terrorist Organization

This afternoon, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he will designate Antifa a terrorist organization. It’s an announcement that will be difficult to enforce as Antifa is not an organization, but rather a 100-year-old far-left, activist movement of interconnected groups and individuals united against fascism.

While the Antifa movement has taken many forms over the last several decades, it’s become a prominent topic of conversation since 2016 when Antifa activists took part in a number of high-profile protests. This includes at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the Portland protests last year, which led to Trump calling Antifa an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR” in a tweet.

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In a statement, the ACLU said “Let’s be clear: There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns.”

While experts question the legality of the designation and how it would be enforced, the Trump administration doubled down. Attorney General William Barr followed Trump’s tweet with a statement that said: “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.” Trump and others within his administration continue to blame Antifa for the protests that persist nationwide.

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Nodding to the ignorance and gaslighting of Trump’s recurring Antifa talking points, one Twitter user joked “Feds are currently raiding Antifa headquarters, CEO of Antifa being led out in handcuffs.” He followed the tweet to say “Several GOP senators who knew this was coming divested all their Antifa stocks last week.” This could be a reference to Republican Senator Richard Burr who is being investigated for insider trading after allegedly selling stocks once he was briefed on the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, #IamAntifa began to trend on Twitter as thousands of people used the hashtag to express anti-fascist sentiments.




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Trump Says His Disinfectant Injection Idea Was Sarcastic

While it may not be breaking news, President Donald Trump continued his streak of ignorance on Thursday when he suggested during a press conference that household disinfectants might be effective at killing off the coronavirus — inside the body.

Not only was his statement, where he suggested an injection of cleaning products would be “interesting” to check out, completely baseless and wrong, many also considered the messaging dangerous. Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of products like Lysol and Dettol, found the statement concerning enough that they issued a public statement warning consumers against experimenting with Trump’s reckless suggestion.

The statement from Reckitt Benckiser, while important, was probably not essential since Twitter was set aflame from the moment the words left Trump’s mouth with reactions ranging from outrage to flat-out laughter. The memes were quick to follow, giving political commentators on Twitter even more fuel to detest Trump’s daily briefings of mostly nonsense.

Of course today President Trump has decided to backpedal his statement, telling journalists in the Oval Office that he was being sarcastic with reporters the day before. “I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” he snarked during the Q&A session today after being asked to clarify his comments. As Trump should know by now, however, it’s going to take a little more than backpedaling to get the internet to stop rolling out their very best clap-backs and jokes. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, even chimed in!






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