Radio Recap – Twitter “Fact Checks” President Trump


Jordan Sekulow

May 27, 2020

3 min read

Election Law



Twitter decided to, for the first time ever, “fact check” President Trump five months before the presidential election.

On today’s Jay Sekulow Live we discussed Twitter’s first ever “fact check” of a public figure, President Donald Trump. President Trump had tweeted his very real concern over mail-in ballot voter fraud.

As Twitter faces pressure from the Far Left to somehow begin to warn people about President Trump’s tweets, they decided the tweets that they would put the first warning labels on were about getting the facts on mail-in ballots.

That is a legitimate policy dispute. Rather than encouraging the free exercise of ideas, and the President has tweeted on a whole host of issues, they decided to weigh in on this issue.

There is a reason every state doesn’t use mail-in ballots. There’s a reason why we don’t have fully electronic voting. It has not been found to be fully secure. It has not been found to be a good fit, especially for the larger states with big populations like California. It takes a much longer time to get their voting rolls correct, to make sure that people are removed from voting rolls who may have left the state and moved. Where is a college student, especially now when they don’t even know they are going to be attending college in the fall? So where is their home to get the ballot? If that is their only option to vote, what does that cause?

It is a legitimate policy discussion.

The truth is when bipartisan groups have been put together to look at this issue, those groups have said that, as late as 2005, “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” That was the conclusion of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III.

The largest potential for abuse are absentee, paper ballots that are going to the mailboxes, at a time when the postal service is not even sure if they’re going to be operating in a month. We’re in a time where there are delays of shipping and mail. This doesn’t seem like the solution.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler pointed out the potential voter fraud problems in 2004 when he said:

I just, as a very experienced, practical politician from New York, I feel constrained to observe that in my experience in New York, paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud. And at least with the old, clunky voting machines that we have in New York, the deliberate fraud is way down as compared with paper. When they vote with paper, we’ve had real problems.

The full broadcast is complete with further analysis of Twitter’s “fact checking” of President Trump and a larger discussion on mail-in balloting and voter fraud.

Watch the full broadcast below.