The way to Donald Trump’s heart is through flattery. Name a building in a foreign country after him. Hold a parade in his honor and he nearly goes apoplectic. Just write him a “love letter” from North Korea, and he will fall in love with the author. Write positive articles about him, and he adores you. That is where the real trouble begins.
POTUS held a Social Media Summit for right-wing social media celebrities and conservative policymakers. He specifically excluded the biggest players — Facebook, Google, and Twitter. He thinks that the reason he loses followers is Twitter’s fault. It couldn’t possibly be because they are flat-out tired of his barrages.
He started off the day tweeting live on YouTube:
‘…a big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer.’
The White House said this was to:
‘…bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.’
During his opening remarks, POTUS claimed as fact that the internet platforms were biased against the conservatives online and even biased against him. He sees them as his enemies even on his own social media accounts:
‘Facebook was against me. They were all against me. Twitter was against me. There are a lot of people that want us to take action against Facebook and against Twitter. But they don’t treat me right. And I know for a fact, I mean, a lot of people try and follow me, and it’s very hard. I have so many people coming up that they say, ‘Sir, it’s so hard. They make it hard to follow.” What they’re doing is wrong and possibly illegal. And a lot of things are being looked at right now.’
In a statement, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said earlier this year the White House launched a tool for Americans to “share how they have been affected by bias online,” according to ABC News.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said:
‘After receiving thousands of responses, the President wants to engage directly with these digital leaders in a discussion on the power of social media.’
Those who were invited included:
‘Trump’s 2020 campaign director Brad Parscale, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Charlie Kirk, president of Turning Point USA, a conservative youth organization, executives from the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation and James O’Keefe, founder of Project Vertias, which is known to secretly film journalists and executives in “gotcha” scenarios to try and reveal bias.
‘Right-wing social media accounts like @CarpeDunktum, which created a viral meme, retweeted by Trump, of Democrats crying during the State of the Union — later deleted by Twitter — and Bill Mitchell, who has promoted conspiracy theories like QAnon on his Twitter account, also will be in attendance.’
No social media platform was invited except Minds.com. It is a cryptocurrency site designed to protest Facebook. It has hosted neo-Nazi groups due to its loose controls.
Turning Point USA’s CEO Charlie Kirk told ABC News:
‘There are a lot of concerns about how these tech companies are acting. In particular, the suppression of certain ideas, and conservative ideas, and how they’re being labeled.’
Trump has 61 million followers. Just this week, a federal appeals court rules that Trump cannot block Twitter users from his account. The decision said:
‘The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise‐open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.’
He just cannot believe people have become weary of his tweets. Instead, he blamed the media and plans to handicap them. How? Trump did not say.
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