“He’s able to muddy the waters so thoroughly that democracy wilts on the vine,” Syracuse Prof Whitney Phillips says
Reporter Ashley Parker, in an article published in the Washington Post over Labor Day Weekend, discusses some of the ways in which President Donald Trump’s campaign and its allies have been aggressively promoting disinformation — from “doctored and misleading videos” to bogus conspiracy theories.
For example, Parker notes, Trump recently “retweeted footage of a black man violently pushing a white woman on a subway platform under the caption, ‘Black Lives Matter/Antifa’ — but the man was not affiliated with either group, and the video was shot in October (2019).” And according to Parker, “White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino shared a manipulated video that falsely showed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden seeming to fall asleep during a television interview, complete with a fake TV headline.”
Trump weighs spending own money on campaign as funds dwindle
Trump’s comments come as his cash advantage over Biden has evaporated in recent months. The Democrat raised a record-shattering $364.5 million last month, while the Trump team has not yet released its August fundraising numbers.