WASHINGTON A paid spokesperson for former President Donald Trump posts his same election lies on Twitter that prompted the Jan.6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and had Trump banned from the platform for good two days later.
“The electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election was monumental, and the facts are emerging daily!” Liz Harrington wrote on Monday, citing a false statement that had just been released by Trump through his Save America committee.
On Sunday, Harrington cited of a statement that called the November presidential contest, which Trump lost by 7 million votes, a “mock election.”
And Friday, she excerpt from a Trump statement repeating his lie that “The AP and other media are using major disinformation to try to discredit the massive number of electoral irregularities and fraud seen in both Arizona and Georgia.”
Twitter did not respond to several questions from HuffPost about why Harrington’s actions are permitted when similar activities carried out by former Trump aides in the aftermath of his Jan.8 suspension were not.
An account managed by Trump’s digital fundraiser Gary Coby, for example, was suspended on January 8 after Coby announced on the platform that he would serve as Trump’s spokesperson. An account managed by Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign was closed for the same reason, as was another account, @ ThisIsPOTUS45, which Trump apparently started using when his was no longer available. Twitter even deleted messages Trump posted to the official presidential Twitter account @POTUS in which he complained about the punishment.
Four months later, Twitter banned a number of accounts again – @DJTDesk, @DJTrumpDesk, @DeskofDJT, and @ DeskOfTrump1 that reposted the same statements Trump emailed and posted on his short-lived webpage.
“As stated in our Bans Bypass Policy, we will take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intention is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a May 6 press release.
Harrington is a former right-wing journalist turned spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Trump recently hired her to replace Jason Miller, a longtime aide in Trump’s orbit who left to run a social media platform. Harrington did not respond to questions from HuffPost about his role on the Save America committee.
Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google in federal court earlier this month for banning him from their platforms, saying they were unconstitutionally censoring him. It’s unclear whether the lawsuit affects Twitter’s decision not to suspend Harrington.
Trump spent weeks attacking the legitimacy of the November 3 election after his defeat, beginning his lies before the dawn of November 4 by claiming that he really won in a “landslide” and that his victory was “stolen. “. from him. These lies continued through a long line of unsuccessful lawsuits challenging the poll results in a handful of states.
After the Electoral College finally voted on December 14, formalizing Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, Trump began urging his supporters to travel to Washington, DC on January 6 to intimidate Vice President Mike Pence and members of the Congress to overrule the election results and install Trump as president for another term anyway. The mob he instigated attempted to do just that as they stormed the Capitol. His supporters even chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after Pence refused to comply with Trump’s demands.
Two police officers who were at the Capitol on January 6 committed suicide shortly after. One of the rioters was shot and killed and three others in the crowd died in the melee.
Twitter suspended Trump the next day and, citing the risk that his post would continue to incite further violence, banned him permanently the next day.
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