Republican Senator of South Carolina Lindsey Graham agreed on Saturday with the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to accuse Twitter of “censorship” as social media companies were “the greatest threat to conservatism” in America.
Graham made several urgent requests to voters in South Carolina to visit his campaign website after pollsters called his election against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison this week a “runoff”. On Friday, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey accusing the social media platform moderators of being “triggered” by a tweet from Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan. Graham said that only Fox News and “the Internet” will be unbiased in 2020 and that mainstream media will also censor the Hunter Biden laptop conspiracy.
Graham claimed on Saturday morning on Fox News that Twitter considered DHS a greater threat than Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader.
“So in 2020, we in America will be living in a country with a free press, which is an irresponsible, biased press,” Graham said. “Freedom requires responsibility. Can you imagine that the Hunter Biden story was about a member of the Trump family? It would be all over the front page. The biggest threat to conservatism is the social media companies that censor information that conservatives publish”.
“There are ways other than the mainstream media, like Fox News, like the Internet, this Biden story will have an echo, it’s the corruption that runs amok, and it’s going to play a role on Tuesday,” Graham said about outlets that Americans should read.
Fox & Friends co-host Jedediah Bila said the Biden story had more to do with “information suppression,” although several news channels including NBC News, the Wall Street Journal and even Fox News said they passed the story on because important documents did not link to Hunter or Joe Biden.
Bila said that social media companies are expected to be “a hub for impartial information,” a dubious claim made by all concerned.
“Listen to this: The Department of Homeland Security sent out a tweet that the border wall protects the country from gangs, drugs and child trafficking… [Twitter] censored his tweet, but they allow the Ayatollah to talk about the destruction of the state of Israel under the theory of saber-rattling,” Graham said, adding that “no one gives a damn about the Biden story” because they are Democrats.
Graham said if he and other Republicans were re-elected to Congress, he plans to delete Section 230 from the Communications Decency Act, which exempts social media companies from liability for material posted by their users.
“In the world of Twitter, DHS is more threatening to the world than the ayatollah of Iran. This is ridiculous, this censorship must end, and how do you intend to end it? Delete section 230 so you can sue these people for suppressing your content. Take away their liability protection, they are the only people you cannot sue if they do you wrong, and that will change”.
President Donald Trump picked up on this sentiment Saturday at a campaign rally in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and said, “The technical CEOS should know that Section 230 can be abolished.
Graham repeatedly turned on his campaign website on Saturday and said, “LindseyGraham.com Baby, bring it across the line, we’re going to win! He said his rival Harrison was funding him with $130 million from “every liberal in the country who hates me.
Graham directed his campaign to Fox News viewers, warning of the threat that a Democratic majority in the Senate or House of Representatives would pose to the Conservatives.
“If we lose the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, people will be in mortal fear of losing the country we grew up in. They [the Democrats]will pack the Supreme Court full of liberals and increase it from nine to a different number, they will abolish legislative stalling, and they will change the electoral college so that New York and California begin electing the president and South Carolina is left out.
Tekk.tv reached Graham’s campaign for additional comments on Saturday afternoon.