PALM BEACH, FL – Rush Limbaugh has reached out personally to Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, to petition for the heralded “blue checkmark” of a Twitter verified account.
“My name is feeling awfully lonely without the blue checkmark. Hint hint Twitter. I know you are busy with the election…but how about throwing America’s Real Anchorman a checkmark. @jack”
My name is feeling awfully lonely without the blue checkmark. Hint hint Twitter. I know you are busy with the election…but how about throwing America’s Real Anchorman a checkmark. @jack
— Rush H. Limbaugh (@RealRLimbaugh) October 26, 2020
Rush has been a pillar of the conservative news community for going on nearly four decades. His syndicated radio show, “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” has been on air since 1988. It is now more obvious than ever, though, that powers on the left work to silence him and those like him.
Many may see the “blue checkmark” as not such a big deal or of no concern. According to Twitter’s own site, though, it seems pretty substantial:
“The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic.
“The badge appears next to the name on an account’s profile and next to the account name in search results. It is always the same color and placed in the same location, regardless of profile or theme color customizations.
“Accounts that don’t have the badge next to their name but that display it somewhere else, for example in the profile photo, header photo, or bio, are not verified accounts.
“Verified badges must be applied by Twitter, and accounts that use a badge as a part of profile photos, background photos, or in any other way that implies verified status, are subject to permanent account suspension.”
The significance lies in this next section:
“An account may be verified if it is determined to be an account of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.”
There is a certain social status and importance to having a Twitter verified account, and people are either lauded or mocked, depending on their status.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) April 16, 2018
Rush said in a recent announcement:
“I’m not a big social media guy. However, we have three weeks left in this game…and we’re gonna leave everything on the field.
“We just got started here with Twitter, and I want to give you the new handle. I’m gonna tell you what we’re gonna do with it. We’re firing up a new Twitter account to be able to tweet out the brilliant utterances that occur on this program in a moment’s notice. Video clips, for example.
Your Real Anchorman live from home library. pic.twitter.com/XMtCQohgNf
— Rush H. Limbaugh (@RealRLimbaugh) October 26, 2020
“Something I say on this program that can be video-clipped in a minute, minute and a half, whatever, or longer, we want to be able to jam it back out rather than have it part of a massive 30-minute monologue and transcript. It’s just a matter of focusing on things that we think are poignant and meaningful. Now, the new handle is @RealRLimbaugh.
“We had a couple of tweets up there during the debate last night, ‘Winning, winning, winning!’” and (White House Press Secretary) Kayleigh McEnany retweeted that.
“We are the number-one Twitter follower listed on the president’s Twitter page. So, yeah, it’s @RealRLimbaugh. We’ve mastered it in less than two weeks here, folks, and nobody ought to be surprised at that.”
This whole notion of whether to verify or not Rush Limbaugh’s Twitter account surely comes at a coincidental moment. He’s just launched a campaign to keep President Trump in the White House for four more years.
Happy Sunday morning out there. Who can you talk to today to help them see the light? Operation Turn A Democrat is in full swing! Push back against the same old tired narratives. ALL Americans will benefit from President Trump’s policies.
— Rush H. Limbaugh (@RealRLimbaugh) October 25, 2020
After a two-hour phone call with the president, Limbaugh announced on his show an idea to have other conservatives help with his plan:
“You want something else to do? How about turn a Democrat? How about Operation Turn a Democrat? How about if every one of you try to convince a Democrat that you know to vote Trump?
“If a sizable number of people were able to, do you realize what impact that would have?”
Rush calls his plan, “Operation Turn A Democrat.” We shall see how effective this plan is, what kind of following it gets, and whether or not the leftist media will continue to try to handicap him.
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Twitter locked down Trump campaign’s national press secretary for questioning mail-in voting
October 26, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Just before the last Presidential debate, Twitter locked down the account of Hogan Gidley, President Trump’s national press secretary for his reelection campaign. Why, a reasonable person may ask? Allegedly because Gidley made a disparaging tweet about mail-in voting.
Twitter locked the account of the Trump campaign’s national press secretary, Hogan Gidley. https://t.co/SWbmswhpoV
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 23, 2020
“Got ‘my’…uh wait…no…”Daniel’s” ballot in the mail?!? Who is that? Apparently it’s a former tenant who hasn’t lived in the unit for 8 YEARS!!! But yeah, sure…the mainstream media is correct…unsolicited vote-by-mail is “totally safe.”
According to Fox News, Gidley also tweeted out a picture of the mail-in ballot, with his address and Daniel’s information. After all, he knew that the liberals would claim that he was lying and he had to offer proof to the contrary. However, he was still called a liar.
?NEWS: Twitter has locked Trump campaign national press secretary @JHoganGidley out of his account because he tweeted a photo of a mail-in ballot he received that wasn't his.
Presidential debate is in two hours.https://t.co/PCi1eEMdWH
— Andrew Clark ? (@AndrewHClark) October 22, 2020
Shortly after the tweet, Gidley learned that his Twitter account had been banned for showing that he, like many others in the country, received mail-in ballots for the wrong people.
That is not inaccurate, misleading or false, it is fact, a fact in which he was able to show proof of, yet that was not satisfactory to Twitter.
In the notice for the Twitter suspension, Gidley was informed:
“You may not post content providing false information about voting or registering to vote.”
I, like many other Americans, received a ballot in the mail that was not meant for me. Twitter suspended my account for simply posting about it.
This censorship is insanity.
We must continue to expose and fight Big Tech’s clear bias against conservatives who speak the truth.
— J. Hogan Gidley (@JHoganGidley) October 23, 2020
Gidley received his Twitter account back after he was forced to delete the tweet.
“I, like many other Americans, received a ballot in the mail that was not meant for me. Twitter suspended my account for simply posting about it.
“This censorship is insanity. We must continue to expose and fight Big Tech’s clear bias against conservatives who speak the truth.”
In an interview with Fox News, Gidley said:
“I, like many other Americans, received a ballot in the mail that was meant for me, and that proves what the President has been saying is one hundred percent correct – that there are serious issues with the Democrats’ plan for universal, unsolicited mail in voting.
“Irrationally, inexplicably suspending my Twitter account simply for tweeting about the incorrect ballot is completely insane, and it won’t cover up the fact that Democrats changing the way we vote just weeks before an election is dangerous and fraught with the potential for massive fraud.”
Andrew Clark, President Trump’s Rapid Response Director for the reelection campaign, also had concerns over the Twitter suspension of Gidley. He noted that the suspension of the account was done a few hours prior to the final Presidential debate was aired.
“This is just another attempt by Twitter to silence the Trump campaign, hours before the final presidential debate no less.”
A spokesperson for Twitter responded to Fox’s questions about Gidley’s account suspension. According to Fox, the account was suspended because Gidley violated their rules on civic integrity.
The policy states that people “may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic process. This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where, or how to participate in a civic process.”
Locking down Republican Twitter accounts has been increasing as of late.
The week prior to this situation, the White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, had her account suspended for sharing the New York Post’s media account of allegedly damning information of both Hunter Biden and his father, current Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden, and their endeavors overseas.
They also suspended the Trump campaign’s twitter account after a post was made calling Joe Biden a liar, along with videos of the alleged Biden corruption. Twitter claims they did so for the same reason they blocked the New York Post, because those materials could have been hacked.
— Chris Brossette (@chris_brossette) October 23, 2020
Of course, Twitter had no issue with released tax records that belonged to President Trump, even though the only way they could have been obtained and released was through some sort of criminal endeavor.
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