President Trump’s official campaign Twitter account, “Team Trump,” was suspended by Twitter until the Trump team agreed to delete a tweet containing what the company called, “coronavirus misinformation.”
The tweet contained a video clip from a Fox and Friends interview with the president yesterday morning where he explained children should return to school because they are “almost immune” to the virus. A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that the president’s comments are “in violation of the Twitter Rules on Covid-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”
The Trump campaign appears to have complied with the company’s policy. The tweet is deleted and the account is no longer banned.
For the same reason, Facebook also removed a post from Trump’s main page featuring the same interview.
The Center for Disease Control’s weekly COVIDView surveillance report and multiple international studies have found that children are overwhelmingly either asymptomatic to the Wuhan coronavirus or experience only mild infections. In fact, as of July 23rd, 36 children under the age of 15 have died from the Wuhan virus, but between 2010 and 2019 the CDC said the seasonal flu accounts for an average of 511 child deaths each year. Recent papers suggest children may either have innate immunity or effective partial immunity from recent exposure to common cold coronaviruses.
The AAP’s data as of July 23rd, reported 76 deaths as opposed to 36 from the CDC because states in the AAP report included children older than 15. Some states reported up to 17, 19, and even 24 years old. According to an AAP report, there have been 338,982 total child Wuhan virus cases reported and children represented only 8.8% of all cases. Of those cases only 0%-0.3% of all child Wuhan virus cases resulted in death.
Courtney Parella, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, said the president was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus”.
Parella denounced Silicon Valley big tech companies for their censorship and bias stating, “social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”
The Washington Post falsely reported that the president’s personal account, not his campaign account, had been locked. The Post has since corrected their erroneous report.
In an oval office interview last month with Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech, President Trump stated that he fully expects his personal account with 84 million followers will be banned by Twitter before the 2020 election.
“Some people say I should join Parler,” Trump mused. “Maybe. We do have over 194 million followers, though, across multiple sites.” Trump remarked, “I expect it will hurt them [Twitter] more than they realize.”
Last week, President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., was also suspended from Twitter for sharing a video of a press conference by doctors working to address a “massive disinformation campaign” about cheap and accessible treatments for the Wuhan virus. In the video, doctors from America’s Frontline Doctors (AFD) shared their clinical experiences and success in treating COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine and other drugs.
Big tech companies and their allies in the corporate media have suspended and stigmatized doctors, members of the media, politicians, and celebrities with Wuhan virus opinions and information that deviates from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s statements and NIH recommendations.
In April, California virologists were among the first to post a widely disseminated Youtube video contradicting government data and policies for dealing with the pandemic, most controversially suggesting that the economically devastating lockdowns were not necessary.
While once considered infallible, Fauci’s recommendations have come under increasing scrutiny for inconsistency and political bias. In a Vanity Fair interview, he told Peter Hamby that you can hook up with a Tinder match if you’re “willing to take a risk.” This was at the same time he was calling for an end to handshaking and other far less risky or intimate human to human contact.
Fauci was also caught at a Nationals baseball game conversing closely with friends maskless. Most recently, he was ridiculed for refusing to denounce large gatherings like public protests when Rep. Jim Jordan asked him if the BLM protests contributed to the spread of the Wuhan Flu.