Eric Holder gets the Twitter censor treatment


Twitter censors targeted Eric Holder for a potentially “misleading” tweet about the 2020 election.

Former President Obama’s attorney general found himself on the wrong side of Twitter after the social media platform apparently objected to his comments saying it was “too late to use the mails” now to vote.

Holder, who currently runs the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, took to Twitter Tuesday to urge voters to go to polls in person to cast their ballots. With Election Day one week away, many Americans have been heading to polling locations as early voting began. Many millions have already voted by mail.

“It’s too late to use the mails,” Holder tweeted, suggesting the Post Office could not be relied upon to get the ballots to elections offices in time. Many states, however, have laws that allow mail-in ballots to be counted for a few days after the official election if they are postmarked before the date.

(Image: Obama White House archives)

“Given Supreme Court rulings I urge everyone to now vote in person; early vote or use drop boxes,” the former attorney general added, giving an apparent jab to the high court before drawing attention to the “deliberately crippled” U.S Postal Service.

“Protect your health but don’t let the Court and the deliberately crippled Postal Service deprive you of your most precious civil right. Plan your vote,” he wrote.

Twitter users noted the problem with Holder’s tweet soon after he posted it, with many critics of President Trump jumping in to cry foul.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which describes itself as a “public interest law firm dedicated entirely to election integrity,” accused Twitter of “suppressing” Holder’s “last-ditch guidance.”

“This is the Pottery Barn rule all around,” PILF tweeted, adding the hashtag “BlueOnBlue.”

A few hours after the first tweet, Holder issued an updated version leaving out the “it’s too late” part.

But while many social media users agreed that the tech giant should not be censoring or restricting tweets it deems objectionable, many found plenty of humor in the irony of a Democrat facing the wrath of Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.

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