The Trump campaign was roasted recently when it sent a cease and desist order to a PAC called Priority USA for using audio clips of Trump in an ad to highlight the numerous times he dismissed the virus that's caused a public health crisis in the United States.
Now, the campaign's attempt at revenge with a recent tweet may turn out to be ill advised.
The tweet in question features what appears to be two separate audio clips of former Vice President and likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden, spliced together and edited to sound like Biden called the virus a hoax
The media is giving a pass to a pro-Biden TV ad that doctors and deceptively edits audio of President Trump, even t… https://t.co/wDwvq2rm9i— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022) 1585828740.0
The campaign's goal was to test Twitter to see if it would flag the purported Biden audio as "manipulated media." Because Twitter didn't flag Priorities USA's video—which misleadingly implied that Trump said the virus itself was a hoax—as manipulated media, the Trump campaign would have continued to claim that social media sites are biased in favor of Liberals.
Twitter said it would not flag either video as manipulated media.
But Twitter users didn't need the manipulated media tag to know the clip itself was a hoax.
Except you know it's not authentic. Is that all you got? Lies? https://t.co/zhujl82eHV— Aja 🧢 (@Aja 🧢) 1585846007.0
When the best the @TrumpWarRoom and Trump campaign has is to make a fake video and then say "this sounds authentic,… https://t.co/f8AVW7bFZv— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1585846263.0
@TrumpWarRoom Biden never called the coronavirus a hoax. The audio is deceptively spliced together from two differe… https://t.co/7Fp1KlE4MS— Arnold Ziffell (@Arnold Ziffell) 1585842678.0
This isn't just fake news, this is just a straight up manufactured lie https://t.co/paNSwpDDnL— Ed "Blood Sucking Law Twit" Gruberman (@Ed "Blood Sucking Law Twit" Gruberman) 1585848780.0
While the Trump campaign may maintain plausible deniability with its assurance that the audio isn't meant to be taken seriously, some of Trump's more ardent followers already believe it.
Americans the Democratic Party and Joe Biden LIED to the American PEOPLE Again! This is what the far left Radical p… https://t.co/OGcaBh2RaQ— JL Eisley (@JL Eisley) 1585836062.0
@TrumpWarRoom We the Christian People need to join the fight and Curse the people that come against God’s chosen President!— un-Therapist (@un-Therapist) 1585831201.0
@TrumpWarRoom Joe Biden said corona is a hoax not Trump!!— Douglas Brewer (@Douglas Brewer) 1585860223.0
The Trump campaign's disinformation spreads almost as quickly as the virus to which the President has bungled his response.