U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement to reporters about reopening churches across the United States during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, May 22, 2020.
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President Donald Trump‘s executive order targeting social media companies Thursday immediately sparked outcry among the president’s critics. But it was also dismissed as legally toothless.
Yet, with the 2020 election on the horizon, that may not matter.
The order gives Trump another weapon to wield from the bully pulpit of an incumbent presidency, serving as a warning shot to social media platforms that he is willing to put them through costly litigation if he is unhappy with the content on their sites. He will also use those platforms, specifically Twitter, to his direct advantage in getting his message out.
“It’s an enormous amount of words, bluster and attention for doing effectively nothing anytime soon,” said Deborah…