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You won't see a more dishonest tweet than the RNC's latest Biden smear
And then they blocked me for pointing out what huge liars they are.
Republicans obviously made their peace with shameless lying during the Trump years. Thursday provided a fresh demonstration of how they’re still committed to that ugly bit more than a year after he left office.
You simply will not find a more dishonest tweet than one a Republican National Committee (RNC) Twitter account posted on Thursday to smear President Biden.
The @RNCResearch account, which has a long and disgraceful history of false and misleading tweets, posted a three-second sentence fragment from Biden’s event with Justice Stephen Breyer to create a false impression that the president is dodging the press. Then, after I pointed out how misleading their tweet was, the @RNCResearch account blocked me.
Let’s start with what really happened. Biden held an event with Breyer at the White House on Thursday commemorating Breyer’s announcement that he’s retiring from the court. Both men gave warm speeches, and as things wrapped up, Biden announced to the assembled press that "I'm not gonna take any questions, because I think it's inappropriate to take questions with the justice here. He's still sitting on the bench."
Biden’s gracious gesture was refreshing coming on the heels of Trump’s politicization of the Supreme Court. Justices are at least in theory supposed to remain above the fray of partisan politics, so it is inappropriate for the president to answer political questions with one of them standing behind him. And that really should’ve been the end of it.
But shortly after the event ended, the RNC Research account clipped three seconds of Biden’s statement in an effort to deceive people into believing he said it’s inappropriate for him to answer questions from the press at all.
Check it out:
This, to be clear, is not an instance where someone had to make a tough judgment call about where to clip a video, or even one where people were subtly mislead by a statement being taken slightly out of context. This is flagrant deception meant to manipulate a presidential gesture into something it wasn’t.
I immediately noticed the RNC’s lie by omission and flagged it in a tweet that circulated widely.
Notably, instead of deleting the tweet, the RNC Research account kept it up and blocked me. And, nearly 24 hours later, Twitter still hasn’t flagged it with a “manipulated media” tag they’ve used to label similarly misleading clips.
People lie on Twitter all the time, of course. But what’s notable about this lie is that it comes directly from the political party that’s trying to retake control of Congress and ultimately return Trump to the White House. It’s completely shameless, and it’s not even the first time this month the RNC Research Twitter account has gotten caught spreading blatant misinformation to smear Democrats.
In a sane world, this sort of thing would badly hurt the RNC’s credibility — but of course we don’t live in a sane world. And if they actually believed lying is bad, they’d at the very least delete the tweet. Instead, they block people who try to correct them so they can continue to lie with impunity. Such is the state of the Republican Party in 2022.