Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (R-Texas) criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE for sharing a deceptively edited video of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calif.), saying no one, including Trump, should “disseminate information that you know is ultimately doctored.”
Last week, a video went viral on conservative social media outlets that slowed down audio of a Pelosi speech to make her appear to be slurring her words. Shortly after, Trump tweeted a different clip of Pelosi initially aired on Fox News’s “Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsCourt sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Fox News says Smartmatic lawsuit should be dismissed Dominion lawyer: We haven't ruled out suing Trump, other media outlets MORE Tonight” that spliced together several verbal pauses.
“You shouldn't disseminate information that you know is ultimately doctored,” Hurd said Sunday on “Face the Nation,” asked specifically about the clip Trump has posted. “And this is going to escalate this debate and this fight.”
Hurd said the controversy over the initial video, which Facebook has said it will not remove, illustrates a lack of preparedness in responding to misinformation.
“We have old laws to decide how you handle disinformation. You have leaders that don't understand how this technology can be used in the future. This goes back into this whole conversation around disinformation and how are we dealing with it,” he said. “And it's not just the government alone. It's not just the social media companies. It's also the media, academia involved in trying to do this.”
Hurd represents a swing district that, as of 2019, is the only Republican-held seat on the U.S./Mexico border. He won his 2018 reelection by about 1,150 votes, making it the closest House race in Texas.