President Donald Trump on Friday shared a story from a known news satire website seemingly in earnest, using the fake report to blast Twitter’s handling of dubious allegations against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The story tweeted by the president early Friday morning was published by The Babylon Bee — which bills itself online as “the world’s best satire site” — and stated that Twitter had “shut down its entire social network” Thursday to stop the spread of negative news about Biden.
Trump issued his tweet shortly after 6 a.m. Eastern Time, just hours after both he and Biden participated in dueling town hall events conducted live on separate networks.
Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News https://t.co/JPmjOrKPcr via @TheBabylonBee Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2020
— Sam (@SamClayton) October 16, 2020
President Trump Declares The Babylon Bee His Most-Trusted News Source https://t.co/oObdxaH3w6
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 16, 2020
As the nation sleeps, Trump claims that Twitter crashed itself to save Joe Biden from the New York Post. His source is a satirical article from the Babylon Bee, a right-wing Christian version of The Onion. https://t.co/Tg9UjokR1w
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 16, 2020
A well-timed profile, in light of Trump’s Babylon Bee post today… https://t.co/KfLxY5uXcA
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 16, 2020
Yes, Trump did tweet a satirical article from Babylon Bee thinking it’s real news, but then again Trump’s daily intelligence briefings come from Fox & Friends. https://t.co/8rvzlyhQrk
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 16, 2020