Trump Reiterates Veto Threat If Defense Bill Doesn't Repeal Section 230

President Trump ripped into Republican Senator Jim Inhofe as he reaffirmed his threat to VETO the Senate’s defense bill if it doesn’t include a repeal of section 230 which protects social media companies like Twitter, and Facebook from lawsuits

“Very sadly for our Nation, it looks like Senator @JimInhofe will not be putting the Section 230 termination clause into the Defense Bill,” the president said in a tweet late Thursday.

“So bad for our National Security and Election Integrity. Last chance to ever get it done. I will VETO!” he added.

Trump earlier this week threatened to veto the annual defense spending bill if Congress does not repeal social media’s get out of jail free card, which provides a legal shield to tech companies for content on their sites.

“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to ‘Big Tech’ (the only companies in America that have it – corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity,” he said in an earlier tweet.

“Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand,” added Trump.

“Therefore, if the very dangerous if is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW,” he said.

On Thursday, he said in another salvo on Twitter: “Looks like certain Republican Senators are getting cold feet with respect to the termination of Big Tech’s Section 230, a National Security and Election Integrity MUST. For years, all talk, no action. Termination must be put in Defense Bill!!”

Section 230 Protects Twitter, Facebook Liberal-Bias Censoring

The 1996 Communications Decency Act provides tech companies with liability protections against illegal content posted by third-party users.

In addition to shielding companies from being sued by anyone who is wronged by something someone else has posted, it allows said platforms to moderate their content, as long as moderation is done “in good faith.”

Inhofe (R-Okla.), the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday he personally spoke with Trump, explaining that the defense bill is not the place for the big tech fight.

“I agree with his sentiments — we ought to do away with 230,” Inhofe told reporters on Capitol Hill. “But you can’t do it in this bill.”

Some Democrats, including President-elect Joe Biden, also support changing or repealing Section 230.