Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a campaign event for Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Dalton, Georgia on January 4, 2021. Alex Wong/Getty
Donald Trump Jr. accused Twitter of targeting him for his conservative views and “spreading misinformation” one day after false claims that he had referred to Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott as a Democrat went viral.
Trump posted his response in a Friday video on Rumble, a video sharing app favored by conservatives. He denounced the “selective interpretation” of his tweet defending Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) from criticism for taking a trip to Cancun, Mexico, amid mass power outages and frigid weather in Texas, referring to the trip as “a little PR mishap” on Friday.
The viral tweet had criticized the “hypocrisy of those trying to cancel Ted Cruz who have been totally silent on their Democrat governor’s incompetence,” which many interpreted as a reference to Abbott. However, neither the tweet nor an accompanying Rumble video referred to Abbott, with the video appearing to reference unnamed Democratic governors instead. In a tweet hours earlier, Trump criticized Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo while defending Cruz.
“All of those people who always want to decry misinformation and talking about such don’t seem to have a problem spreading misinformation,” Trump said in Friday’s Rumble video. “I’m trending on Twitter because people seem to be making a reference about a video I posted yesterday, saying if only the people who were so outraged at Ted Cruz for a little PR mishap…. would actually get outraged about their Democrat governors.”
“At nowhere in the tweet or in the video did I talk about the Democrat governor of Texas,” continued Trump. “Because Greg Abbott, who is a friend of mine, is a Republican governor from Texas. But I’m trending on Twitter because they can say that me generically referring to Democrat governors means that I don’t know the difference of who’s actually running the state of Texas.”
Trump went on claim that his tweet trending was “censorship” and “selective interpretation” that is exclusively aimed at conservatives, while offering to “show you the pictures of Greg Abbott and I if you need them” to those who remained doubtful of his relationship with Abbott. He also denounced Twitter “fact checkers” for allowing misleading representations of the tweet to go viral. Twitter declined to comment to Newsweek.
The new Rumble video had not been shared by Trump to Twitter as of Friday night. Although Trump is active on Twitter, he has frequently been critical of the platform, accusing both the company and many users of an anti-conservative partisan bias. His criticism grew after Twitter permanently banned his father, former President Donald Trump, days after the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Newsweek reached out to the Trump Organization for comment.
Update 2/19, 9:50 p.m.: This article has been updated to reflect that Twitter declined to comment.