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Trump Team Slams Twitter Over Claims Biden Video Manipulated

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Joe Biden (Chris Carlson/AP)

By    |   Monday, 09 March 2020 10:44 PM

The Trump campaign sent a letter to Twitter officials Monday slamming the company for labeling one of its videos on Joe Biden as "manipulated" while failing to do the same for several videos where the Biden campaign actually manipulated quotes by President Donald Trump, Fox News reports.

"The Biden campaign is scared as hell that voters will see the flood of unedited and embarrassing verbal stumbles that will continue go viral if 'Status Quo Joe' is the nominee," Andrew Clark, Trump campaign rapid response director, told Fox News. "Twitter shouldn't be an enforcement arm of Joe Biden's campaign strategy, but if they choose to police every video clip they must hold his own campaign to the same standard."

The confrontation began when Trump communications director Dan Scavino tweeted an edited version of a Biden speech that cuts off early, making it appear he endorses Trump for president. Trump himself retweeted the video.

In the clip, Biden says, "Turn this primary from a campaign that's about negative attacks into one about what we're for, because we cannot get — re-elect — we cannot win this re-election — excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump," before fading to black. In the full speech, Biden finishes, "if, in fact, we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. Gotta be a positive campaign, so join us."

Conservatives argued the video was an attempt to point out Biden's verbal gaffes, and no reasonable person would mistake it for an endorsement.

In the letter to Twitter, Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner pointed out Biden videos not labeled misleading by the social media platform have sliced together Trump's words to make it appear he called the coronavirus a hoax.

Fox News noted the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network has debunked that claim by Trump critics. Trump actually said Democrats' response to the virus was "their new hoax."

Another video shows neo-Nazis marching in Virginia with a clip of Trump saying "very fine people," as if he is using that descriptive of them. Though he has often been accused of saying that by critics, Fox News notes, the president actually said "very fine people" opposed and favored removal of Confederate statues.

"In fact, 49 seconds after President Trump said those words, he said, 'and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally,'" the letter reads. "As one CNN anchor said, 'he’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people.'"

Yet another Biden video shows Trump saying in 2016, "The American Dream is dead." It omits the end of the sentence: "But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again."

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The confrontation began when Trump communications director Dan Scavino tweeted an edited version of a Biden speech that cuts off early, making it appear that he endorses Trump for president. Trump himself retweeted the video.
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