NUGENT: 'FACT CHECKERS LIE' Sunday June 7 2020, 7:33 PM
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NUGENT: 'FACT CHECKERS LIE'

Outspoken conservative rocker   Ted Nugent   has accused   Twitter 's fact checkers of lying when the social media platform called   President Donald Trump 's tweets "potentially misleading."

Late last month,   Twitter   flagged two of   Trump 's tweets that claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud, saying that the move stemmed specifically from the possibility that the tweets might "confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process."   Twitter   added a note at the bottom of each tweet, reading "Get the facts about mail-in ballots," which linked to a   Twitter   Moment fact-check. " Trump   makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud," read the heading.

Trump   later claimed   Twitter   was "completely stifling FREE SPEECH" by adding a fact-check underneath his tweets and he threatened to "strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen."

Last week,   Nugent   discussed the episode during an interview with   America's Voice News   host   Tudor Dixon . Speaking about   Trump 's attempts to push back against   Twitter   and other Internet and social media giants like   Facebook   and   Google ,   Nugent   said: "When he is now identifying the Nazi communism of censorship, the control of leftist liberals of the free speech of conservatives… What   President Trump   is doing is really reflective on the   Nugent   family. During [ Trump 's 2016 presidential] campaign, I had between 20 million and 36 million reach on   Facebook . After the president was elected, I've been knocked down to only three million reach, and they keep playing with that, because they bring in these lying fact checkers who need their facts checked.

"The president tweeted the truth — the evidence is irrefutable that widespread mail-in voting, it   does   create fraud, and people have been convicted of that fraud. So what the president said was true. The fact checkers lie. So God bless   President Trump ."

According to   FactCheck.org , experts have said that voter fraud via mail-in ballots is rare, though more common than in-person voting fraud.

Both Democratic and Republican officials overseeing the mail-in voting process have told   NBC News   that   Trump   is wrong in his claims that an election with increased mail-in voting could not possibly be legitimate.

Washington Secretary of State   Kim Wyman , a Republican, who oversees the elections in one of the nation's leading vote-by-mail states, told   NBC News   that her office detected about 140 instances of fraudulent voting out of roughly 3.2 million ballots cast in the 2018 election.

Trump   has repeatedly used   Twitter   to peddle inaccuracies, including a long-discredited tale that links former U.S. Representative-turned- MSNBC   host   Joe Scarborough   to the accidental death of a young woman who worked in his congressional office.

Of the 18,000-plus false or misleading claims   Trump   has made as president, more than 3,300 of them were made in tweets, according to   The Washington Post .




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