Failing 2020 presidential contender Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, after having unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat in 2018, is now struggling to the point where he’s imploring the tech giants to increase their censorship of conservatives between now and the 2020 elections.
As reported by NewsBusters, O’Rourke’s campaign became irritated when a rumor began to spread online that the shooter in Odessa, Texas, supported O’Rourke Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. After hearing about that, she got angry and noted that the campaign was “entirely helpless to stop misinformation” (welcome to the party, Jen).
She then called on “tech companies who allow right wing operatives to spread misinformation” to effectively reign it in. Or something like that.
The Washington Post noted further:
Anthony Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and a member of Trump’s 2020 advisory board, on Monday promoted a conspiracy theory falsely claiming that the gunman in West Texas was an O’Rourke supporter, with a sticker on his truck supporting the candidate — claims for which there is no evidence, authorities confirmed.
Shaffer took to Twitter, the Post noted, following the shooting to bash Democrats over their standard call for more gun control, adding in that the gunman was a supporter of O’Rourke, tagging the candidate in his post.
He also retweeted a post from an account marked @suemo54 with the name “Sue Moore” that read: “The Odessa shooter’s name is Seth Ator, a Democrat Socialist who had a Beto sticker on his truck.”
Texas Public Safety officials told the paper that they had no indication the gunman was associated in any way with O’Rourke, even as a supporter. But Shaffer stood by his tweet, noting, “That’s not what I’ve seen from people” after being told that his claim wasn’t verified.
And while people, in the heat of the moment, can sometimes make mistakes in judgment, that’s not acceptable to O’Rourke (who’s made plenty). NewsBusters reported that even the most Left-wing fact-checkers have found him to be guilty of spreading disinformation in the past. For instance, Politifact once rated his claim that there were “zero terrorists” connected with the U.S.-Mexico border as “false.” In fact, the same site has said that at least five of Beto’s past claims were “mostly false.” (Related: Don Jr.: Conservatives face huge Big Tech censorship hurdle in 2020.)
The Post itself assigned O’Rourke Four Pinocchios when he was challenging Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat after he claimed he did not leave the scene of his DWI incident in 1998. Even the crime report noted, “The driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the reporter.”
But now, following the ‘he said, he said’ debate involving the Odessa shooter, Dillion believes it’s time for tech companies like Google to do even more to censor “misinformation” being allegedly spread by “right-wing operatives.”
“What are you going to do about it?” she asked the companies. Funny; the tech companies are not being asked (by her, anyway) to do anything about her candidate’s serial untruthfulness.
And of course, we don’t expect that she will.
It’s comical, in a way, to see and hear Leftists complain about the big social media platforms not doing enough to quash and subdue conservative content, given that they are hard at work doing that very thing every single day.
Then again, hypocrisy has always a Democrat trait and we don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Meantime, it’s important to note that no one has confirmed or denied the report that Shaffer retweeted.