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.
“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.
It’s too late to use the mails. Given Supreme Court rulings I urge everyone to now vote in person; early vote or use drop boxes. 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.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 27, 2020
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.
Eric Holder tweeted this but it’s being hidden by Twitter and RTing is turned off. But I think it’s good advice: vote in person or use dropboxes when possible, on the side of caution. Hiding Holder’s message only helps the cheater (45) using State power to steal the election. pic.twitter.com/v2v2ROmPkx
— 🔥Nezua🔥 (@nezua) October 27, 2020
.@Twitter is flagging former Attorney General Eric Holder’s tweet recommending that Americans should vote in person from hereon out. I agree with AG @EricHolder, if you can do it safely, early and in person seems like the way to go. pic.twitter.com/WnjXhenaT7
— Steve Koller (what’s your voting plan?🗳🇺🇸) (@stevenfkoller) October 27, 2020
Twitter needs to unblock this tweet from Eric Holder. If you mail your ballot today, it is unlikely to arrive in time to be counted (due to SCOTUS decision), especially if you are in a swing state such as WI, PA, or MI, where the USPS has been deliberately slowed to a crawl. https://t.co/4WXMc2eXxF
— Irina VOTE EARLY & IN PERSON Mikhalevich (@CogitWho) October 27, 2020
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.”
See here how Twitter is suppressing @EricHolder‘s last-ditch guidance to handle your voting business in person. This is the Pottery Barn rule all around. @ElectionLawCtr #VIP2020 #FriendlyFire #BlueOnBlue #VoterSuppression #VoterFraudOrganization pic.twitter.com/mNaxFGjwRc
— PublicInterestLegal (@PILFoundation) October 27, 2020
A few hours after the first tweet, Holder issued an updated version leaving out the “it’s too late” part.
Given Supreme Court rulings on mail ballots and Trump’s effort to undermine the Postal Service, I strongly suggest that you now vote in person – try early voting or find a drop box. Protect your health but don’t let anyone deprive you of your most precious right. Have a plan.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 27, 2020
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.
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) October 27, 2020
I’m just excited to see an instance of a Dem getting hit by BigTech censorship!
— Justice For Gen. Flynn (@mskembo) October 27, 2020
I don’t need Twitter to tell me Eric Holder isn’t trustworthy.
— Withidread Menze (@WMenze) October 27, 2020
LMAO! This just makes me laugh. I despise censorship but the irony is too much!
— James F (@Letting_Loose) October 27, 2020
one whole Democrat gets censored and the left is like “oh look we’re exactly the same”.
— Avigayel (@gorgorothbunny) October 27, 2020
Shhh. Do you hear that? Thats the chickens coming home to roost.
— BIGJSR (@bigjsr) October 27, 2020