Twitter Locks Trump Campaign Press Secretary’s Account Over Mail-In Voting Tweet

Twitter Locks Trump Campaign Press Secretary’s Account Over Mail-In Voting Tweet
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley arrives to brief the media outside the White House on Jan. 23, 2020. (Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images)
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Twitter temporarily suspended the account of the Trump campaign’s national press secretary on Thursday after he shared a post saying he received a ballot in the mail that was intended for someone else.

Before his account was suspended by the social media giant, national press secretary Hogan Gidley said on Twitter that he had received a ballot in the mail that was addressed to an individual named “Daniel.”

“Got ‘my’...uh… ‘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,’” he wrote.

He shared an image of the ballot he’d received, highlighting the name “Daniel.”

Gidley later shared that he had been temporarily blocked from Twitter for violating its rules “against posting misleading information about voting,” reported Fox News.

“You may not post content providing false information about voting or registering to vote,” the message from the company said.

“I, like many other Americans, received a ballot in the mail that was not 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,” Gidley told Fox News.

“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,” he said.

He later deleted the offending tweet and has had his account reinstated.

“Twitter suspended my account for simply posting about it,” he wrote after he had his access restored. “This censorship is insanity. We must continue to expose and fight Big Tech’s clear bias against conservatives who speak the truth.”

Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Epoch Times.

Gidley’s temporary suspension came as the platform faces intense scrutiny following accusations of censorship from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was locked out of her personal Twitter account on Wednesday after she shared a New York Post article related to a negative news story on Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.

McEnany’s account was locked because the tech giant determined that her post violated Twitter’s rules against “distribution of hacked material.” The Post has argued that no materials in its report were hacked.

Her account has since been reinstated. McEnany accused Twitter’s administrators of essentially holding her “at gunpoint” by denying her access to her own account unless she deleted the tweet in question.

President Donald Trump has often highlighted errors in the vote-by-mail system amid the CCP virus pandemic, while adding that mailed ballots could lead to election chaos or even rigging as he urged people to go to the polls to vote.

A German journalist living in Washington who isn’t eligible to vote in the United States recently received three ballots for the Nov. 3 election in his mail.

Stefan Niemann, who is a U.S. correspondent for ARD, the German state-funded broadcaster, posted on Twitter a picture of a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election.

“The chaos that [President Donald] Trump lamented with the delivery of mail voting papers is here,” a translation of Niemann’s Oct. 10 post says.

“I am not allowed to vote here. But three ballots came to my Washington address: for the previous tenant who moved five years ago, the landlady living in Puerto Rico, and her deceased husband.”

The tweet gained traction as Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence and a former ambassador to Germany, shared it on his Twitter feed the next day.

“German journalist living in the US (with no US voting rights) received multiple ballots in the mail,” he said. “This is outrageous.”

In another incident, Beatrice Cardenas, who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination in California’s 27th Congressional District, said in an Oct. 9 tweet that she received two ballots in the mail, each listing her name slightly differently.

“Ok, I was afraid of this. I got TWO ballots. One just has ‘Ms’ in the name. I’m obviously going to be honest & vote once but who’s to say this discrepancy isn’t going to be abused?” she said, posting pictures of the ballots.

“I don’t want to fan the flames & accuse the LA RR/CC of fraud. They can’t handle the volume.”

She was referring to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, the agency that manages birth, death, marriage, real estate, and business name records.

Democrats have been promoting mail voting as a convenience and safety precaution, while Republicans have cautioned against it, raising concerns of fraud and mismanagement.

While Democrat and Republican groups both have filed lawsuits this year over vote-by-mail rules across the country, most of the more than 100 lawsuits are backed by Democrats.

Petr Svab contributed to this report.