Donald Trump’s 2024 election campaign’s claims are already being hit with Twitter’s new “community notes,” which fact-check or offer context to dubious posts.
In May alone, Team Trump and their surrogates were slapped with community notes on at least seven occasions — and were often cited for posting flat-out lies.
On May 25, Trump campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington reposted a campaign press release stating. “Ron DeSantis Voted For The Exact DACA Bill Over Which He Is Now Attacking President Trump.”
DeSantis had in fact supported a more conservative version — against a Trump-supported compromise bill, an appended fact check read, which labeled Harrington’s tweet “false.”
The bill DeSantis voted for did not include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants — while Trump’s compromise bill did.
On May 15, Trump War Room, the campaign’s official account, posted that “President Trump won BIG in Iowa. And will win again in 2024.”
In fact — as a community note swiftly pointed out — Trump narrowly lost the 2016 Iowa caucus to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
While Twitter was once known for notoriously partisan fact-checks that bashed the GOP and conservatives, the site’s revamped community notes have won praise for consistently going after both sides.
The notes are generated from a broad spectrum of Twitter users instead of being issued top-down by the company.
When Team Trump — another campaign account — dinged DeSantis for supporting a 23% national sales tax, community notes informed readers that Trump also supported the tax, which was floated as a replacement for other current forms of federal taxation.
“There is a difference between hyperbole and flat-out lies and Trump has been lying,” Ryan Girdusky, a GOP consultant supporting DeSantis told The Post. “I think Ron DeSantis is a more honest person than Donald Trump and he’s more careful with his words as well — which is important.”
Team DeSantis’ online presence was considerably cleaner.
The Florida governor and his campaign accounts and surrogates had no community notes affixed to their tweets in the month of May.
Reps for Trump and DeSantis did not respond to a request for comment from The Post.
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