“The bedrock of a functioning democracy” is in PERIL

by | May 1, 2022 |

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“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Elon Musk said in a statement included in the press release announcing the deal.

The New Yorker reports that: Musk has plans to take the social-media company private and has said that he wants Twitter to adhere more closely to the principles of free speech, which, in a statement, Musk called “the bedrock of a functioning democracy.” (In the same statement, he described Twitter as the “digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”)

Twitter’s influence in the public square is revealed through a series of news articles where they openly admit their master plan to defeat this so-called “functioning democracy.” What does this all prove? It proves that the cable, mainstream, and social media outlets are on a mission to destroy current day America and replace it with a Marxist-Left agenda.

Twitter’s Priceless Gift to Biden ran in Politico in January 2021.

In booting Trump, Twitter has seemingly realigned the political universe and shielded the new president from what surely would have been rabid attacks from his predecessor.

As he entered his first week in office, President Joe Biden was handed a priceless gift: the blissful sound of former President Donald Trump’s Twitter silence.
Gone are the pre-dawn tirades, the all-caps declarations, the “Sleepy Joe” mocking, the Fox News-driven agitations and the general incitements. Instead, Biden debuted a flurry of executive orders without ever having to deal with what surely would have been rapid-fire antagonism from the man whose legacy he was dismantling.

Inside the White House, officials insist that their communications strategy hasn’t changed simply because Trump is both gone and silent. What was their communications strategy?

“The President spent two years ignoring Trump’s distractions and staying focused on the message he wanted to deliver, and it paid off with a commanding win,” a White House official said in a statement to POLITICO. Focused on what message?

But even if the strategy would have remained the same, Biden’s team also concedes that the absence of Trump and his Twitter feed has been a pleasant addition to the job it’s doing.

“Not having to deal with a deranged new tweet every hour? They feel blessed,” an outside adviser said. Imagine that – a clear path with no distractions.

Indeed, Twitter’s suspension of Trump’s account has seemed to realign the political universe, minimizing diversions and interruptions as the broader conversation over Biden’s agenda played out. Realign the political universe. Minimize diversions and interruptions.

Trump wasn’t there to demand a popular uprising against Biden’s federal mask-wearing mandate. His Twitter megaphone wasn’t hyping the construction job losses that could come when Biden ended the Keystone XL pipeline project. Trump wasn’t calling Biden a “loser” for his Covid-19 vaccination plans, or attacking Anthony Fauci as a failure he should have fired when the nation’s leading infectious disease expert spoke out about how difficult it was for scientists to operate in the Trump administration. So Trump was no longer there to demand anything, and neither was the media.

Biden still has faced a steady flow of criticism during his short time in office. But nothing has come even comparably close to getting trapped in the gravitational pull of Trump’s Twitter feed, which had the ability to move markets, unseat office-holders and tear up news cycles again and again in a matter of hours. Trump is a canoe rocker, a truth-teller, even when it hurts.

“Trump had an amazing ability to distract from issues. He was able to plant seeds of doubt about entire institutions and regular democratic processes,” said Philip N. Howard, director of the Oxford Internet Institute, which studies the social science of the internet. “Having him off Twitter allows the conversation about climate change to stay on topic — and about evidence. The conversation about race and social inequality can stay focused on policy ideas.” Climate change – stay on topic. This tells you everything.

While Trump’s absence from Twitter has been a gift to Biden early on, it also may end up benefiting the GOP. A gift for the GOP.

For years, Republicans pleaded with the former president to tone down the rhetoric and allow Democrats to be judged by their own actions, rather than allow an outrageous Trump tweet to overshadow anything else during the day. Now that he’s off the platform, the party may well be able to run a coordinated, cohesive campaign against the current president. Back to politics and business as usual.

Biden officials worry Musk will allow Trump to return to Twitter ran on CNBC in April 2022.

White House officials and Democratic strategists are privately worrying about how Elon Musk’s $44 billion hostile takeover of Twitter will affect the 2024 presidential election — especially whether the billionaire will allow former President Donald Trump to return to the platform. Officials within President Joe Biden’s administration are closely watching the deal, according to more than half a dozen advisors to Biden, including two administration officials. Some on Biden’s team are growing increasingly concerned the Tesla CEO will allow Trump and other Republican operatives who were banned from Twitter to return to the platform, these people said, asking not to be identified in order to speak freely about internal discussions among senior Democratic advisors.

Former President Barack Obama is among a group of Biden allies privately concerned that Musk’s acquisition of Twitter could lead to a Trump return to the platform, according to a person familiar with the matter. Obama concerned.

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