A controversial statement [updated]

“Access to Twitter is essential for meaningful participation in modern-day American Democracy.”

From a complaint filed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on March 25,2019.

[ADDED on MARCH 31, 2019] Taken out of context, that statement is indeed controversial. The phrase “participation in democracy” is somewhat vague, and at first blush I think it means something like being an upstanding citizen, with room for debate about whether that necessarily includes voting.

In context (which you can quickly access by plugging the quoted passage, with quotes, into the search engine of your choice), I believe the statement is meant to be specifically about things like campaigning and interacting with the public as a political candidate. I’m still not convinced the statement is true, but I don’t know how many people would agree with me. Ultimately it probably depends on people’s willingness to go somewhere other than Twitter to read things.

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