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Adam Schiff, pressured Democrats to censor the Biden joke

Can’t they take a joke?

Rep. Adam Schiff and the Democratic National Committee pressed to have a parody image of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden removed from Twitter during the 2020 campaign after it was retweeted by former President Donald Trump, the latest release from internal company records. New owner Elon Musk authorized Friday revealed.

A senior Twitter executive rejected the requests because the digital animation – which showed Biden, now 80, with his persona – He sticks his tongue out of his mouth – did not create a “bond of harm to any person involved”.

“This is very clear [an] Yoel Roth, the company’s chief trust and safety officer, wrote in an email dated April 27, 2020.

“Any reasonable observer would recognize that it was manipulated.”

But a staffer for Schiff (D-Calif.) — the powerful chair of the House Intelligence Committee at the time — wouldn’t let it slide, arguing in an email the next day that “there’s a slippery slope concern here,” a screenshot showed.

The photo that went viral on Twitter in 2020.
Rep. Adam Schiff (R-Calif.), member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol.
Representative Adam Schiff and the Democratic National Committee lobbied for a mocking GIF of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden to be removed from Twitter.
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Co-author of “Twitter Files” Good died He wrote that Schiff’s employees had “written to Twitter often, requesting that the tweets be removed,” and sarcastically called the request in question “an important use of taxpayer resources.”

“It was the real issue [then-President] Tayeb added that Donald Trump retweeted a picture of Biden.

Trump, 76, announced in November that he would seek to regain the White House in 2024, but it is likely He faces stiff competition from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Schiff’s office also “complained repeatedly about ‘law-related activity’ which often tweeted about other matters,” Tibi wrote.

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Matt Taibbi attends the Build Series.
Matt Taibbi, co-author of “The Twitter Files,” writes that Schiff’s employees “wrote to Twitter quite often, asking for the tweets to be removed.”
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Screenshot of Matt Taibbi's tweet.
Schiff’s office also “complained repeatedly about ‘law-related activity’ which often tweeted about other matters,” Tibi wrote.

Although Twitter hasn’t started yet Users commenting for sharing a QAnon conspiracy theoryThe company has “mined” her accounts to prevent her tweets from going viral, according to the email dated October 28, 2020.

However, Schiff’s office questioned whether the action — which it said “we greatly appreciate” — “could inadvertently impede law enforcement’s ability to search Twitter for potential threats” against Intelligence Committee employees, according to an excerpt from an unauthorized email. Dated published by Thebes. .

Last week, Taibi revealed that Schiff’s office had sought it out Journalist Paul Sperry, a Post columnist, has been fired from Twitter Alleging “repeatedly promoting false QAnon conspiracies and harassing” an individual whose name has been withheld.

Sperry told The Post that he “never promoted any ‘QAnon conspiracies’. Never. Not on Twitter. Not anywhere” and accused Schiff of “an obscene slur”.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Last week, Taibi revealed that Schiff’s office sought to have Post columnist Paul Sperry suspended from Twitter.
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Sperry later tweeted that he was “exploring all legal options”, including a possible defamation lawsuit against Schiff.

Earlier this week, the newly elected Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has pledged to keep his pledge Schiff, who was a key House director during Trump’s first impeachment trial, would launch the Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy also targeted Representatives Eric Swalwell (D-California) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) as compensation for the dismissal of Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) and Paul Gosar (R-Arizona). their committee seats in 2021.

Requests for comment from Schiff’s office and the DNC were not immediately responded to.