WATCH: Fox’s Napolitano Explains Why Trump’s Threat to Shut Down Twitter is Hollow
It is estimated that Donald Trump has told tens of thousands of lies on Twitter. After years of looking the other way, the website finally marked a Trump tweet as misleading and added additional fact checking. Twitter has still refused to remove the President’s tweets accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder.
The decision to fact check his tweets has sent Donald Trump into a rage. On Wednesday morning, the President vowed to do something about the matter and hinted at shutting Twitter down. During an appearance on America’s Newsroom, Andrew Napolitano said that Trump doesn’t have the power to do so.
The Judge began, “The First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of speech and of the press since it only regulates the government, does not regulate Twitter. Twitter can take down, modify or correct any user it wants, including the president of the United States.”
Napolitano continued, “Under a Supreme Court opinion that the president likes, called Citizens United, Twitter has freedom of speech just like you and I and the president himself. The president can say what he wants about Twitter and they can say what they want about him.”
The legal analyst did take the chance to criticize the website for fact-checking Trump and not Joe Biden. “Twitter will lose a lot of credibility and make itself a target it they only fact-checked President Trump and not Joe Biden and not other leading nationally-known political figures.”
Watch a clip of the judge’s comments below courtesy of Fox News:
Fox's Judge Napolitano pours cold water on Trump's threats towards Twitter:
"The First Amendment…since it only regulates the government, does not regulate Twitter. Twitter can take down, modify, or correct any user it wants including the President of the United States." pic.twitter.com/5hoZuqi9F6
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 27, 2020