The Trump ministry of propaganda is burning the midnight oil these days, as we are now 33 days out from election day and they are desperate. The Daily Beast is reporting
Facebook has removed a Trump campaign ad that made the baseless assertion that offering sanctuary to refugees would expose more Americans to COVID-19. The fear-mongering ad showed Joe Biden, shrouded in a blood-red filter, talking about the border and asylum-seekers. It went on to claim, again without producing any evidence, that his policies would increase the number of refugees from Syria, Somalia, and Yemen by “700 percent” while flashing the words: “TERROR HOTSPOTS.” The ads were seen by hundreds of thousands of people before Facebook took action.
Monger fear and ratchet up anxiety to match Trump’s red faced, Hitler-esque screaming. Find the racist vein and mainline it with vitriol. That is the complexion of Republican politics these days. And it gets worse — as you know it must. The Guardian:
Although Facebook removed the ads regarding refugees and Covid-19, other misleading advertisements remain on the platform. One ad shows Joe Biden with a headphone photoshopped to his ear, perpetuating the false claim that the presidential candidate somehow cheated in the debates.
The advertisement appears to have been launched on the day of the debate but remains active on the platform, with more than 800 versions still active. The ads have been viewed by more than 3.6 million people, the majority of whom are in the key election states of Florida and Pennsylvania, according to Facebook data.
The Trump campaign’s ads have led to the “earpiece” conspiracy theory spreading organically on other social media platforms, including TikTok, according to the watchdog group Media Matters. The group has found four examples of TikTok videos espousing the theory that have been viewed more than 560,000 times. A spokesperson for TikTok said the videos violate its policies on disinformation and it is working to remove them as they are posted.
“You would not have seen the proliferation of conspiracy theories on TikTok today if there was not already an intense saturation of this idea from the Trump campaign yesterday,” said Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters. “They sort of seeded the ground with this idea until the users themselves were driving it.”
The Trump campaign are like rats in a grain silo, consuming whatever they can and despoiling the rest. Unfortunately, the grain silo is social media and television and the rest of us live there, too.