City of Tigard retweets anti-Trump video on Twitter
A reposted video on the official Twitter account of the Tigard city government raised some eyebrows Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19.
The @TigardOR account re-Tweeted a post by Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic Party operative, sharing a video by MeidasTouch, a political action committee opposed to President Donald Trump.
The re-Tweet was quickly flagged by Gales Creek-based journalist Chas Hundley before @TigardOR took it down.
Kent Wyatt, Tigard's communication manager, said multiple staff have access to the city's Twitter account.
"Unfortunately, one of them thought they were Tweeting from their personal account, but they were logged onto the city's account," said Wyatt. "We've taken this opportunity to narrow down the number of administrators and reinforce the importance of double-checking everything before Tweeting."
Wyatt said the city was tagged about the re-tweet and "un-retweeted" the message once they found out about it. The @TigardOR Twitter account emphasized on Saturday, "We will put measures in place to ensure this does not happen again."
The video, which had collected well over 2 million views by the time @TigardOR shared it, shows Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, pledging to oppose an effort by a Republican president to name a Supreme Court justice in an election year.
"I want you to use my words against me," Graham says in his 2016 remarks at a committee meeting. "If there's a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say, 'Lindsay Graham said let's let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.'"
The video ends by urging viewers to call senators and "demand decency." It also includes a link to ActBlue.com, a fundraising website for Democratic congressional candidates.
Following the death of longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, Graham announced that — despite his previous comments pledging not to do so — he intends to move forward with confirming Trump's nominee this year.
Full court press
President Donald Trump has said he wants to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election if possible.
The president, a vociferous critic of mail balloting, said at a Sunday, Sept. 20, rally that he is "counting on the federal court system" to allow a winner to be declared on Election Night.
However, multiple voting experts and secretaries of state have said they expect there to be a significant number of ballots left to count after Election Night.
In Oregon, the vote-counting process typically takes a few days, and the outcome of close elections can change as the outstanding ballots are tallied. Late on May 19, for example, it appeared state Sen. Mark Hass would win the Democratic nomination for Oregon secretary of state, but Sen. Shemia Fagan overtook Hass as more ballots were tabulated later in the week.
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