Michigan candidate for U.S. Congress Thomas Norton has found a way around Facebook’s new Draconian measures to stop protesters nationwide from organizing against state-level quarantines on the social media platform.
Big League Politics has reported on how Facebook has attempted to stomp out grassroots protests:
Facebook has confirmed that they are working with government officials to suppress rallies in opposition to the economic lockdown in at least three different states.
“At the same time, it’s important that people can debate policies, so there’s a line on this,” Zuckerberg said to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “But more than normal political discourse, I think a lot of the stuff that people are saying that is false around a health emergency like this can be classified as harmful misinformation.”
“Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said to the Washington Post. “For this same reason, events that defy government’s guidance on social distancing aren’t allowed on Facebook.”
Facebook attempted to censor a large protest at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on Thursday and deleted the initial event page promoting the event.
Norton, who is running for the Republican nomination in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, stepped in to intervene. He found a loophole that essentially forces Facebook to keep the event page live.
“I am offering my campaign Facebook page as a platform for dissent. From there you may respectfully voice your opposition. And, more importantly, you may organize. Setup rallies, calls to action, circulate petitions,” Norton wrote.
“Per Facebook’s own rules, in their attempt to respect at least some of our democratic institutions, campaigns have greater leeway in what they can post. If Facebook wants to silence the people, it will not be done in obscurity. They will have to clearly violate the 1st amendment for all to see…including the courts. They will have to silence a campaign. They will have to silence a candidate for Congress,” he added.
Norton is urging other campaigns to take similar measures in order to put Facebook to the test. If they ban the event pages endorsing the protests, they may be subject to electoral interference claims and costly lawsuits.
“We have reached a crossroads here in America. This is nothing new to us: a choice between perceived safety through authoritarian control, and freedom with all its uncertainties,” Norton told Big League Politics. “I believe God uses a crisis like this to call attention to the truly important choices we must make. So that they cannot be idly made for us.”
“It’s time to fight for America!” he added.
The event page can be seen here, and Facebook has left it alone for days. It seems that someone has finally found a way around Zuckerberg’s banhammer, at least temporarily.
EXCLUSIVE: Young Man Harassed by Black Lives Matter for Holding ‘Racism Does Not Exist’ Sign Speaks Out
Justin Nolan is not afraid to stand strong against the mob.
Justin Nolan, 25, has gone viral over social media after carrying a sign proclaiming that ‘Racism Does Not Exist’ and a shirt celebrating White History Month at a contentious rally in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend.
Independent journalist Ford Fischer published video of the protest on Saturday.
Nolan spoke to Big League Politics about what he was trying to accomplish with his stand and how he is holding up under the fire of the digital lynch mob.
“I want to get the truth out there. I want to wake people up from their conditioning, the spell that the word “racism” has put them under. That it’s fake, and that they have been lied to and made to hate,” Nolan told Big League Politics.
“I’ve received hundreds of threats, but none of them are very credible. Many have threatened to beat me up or kill me, but they aren’t near me. They’ve tried to fire me, publish my address and phone number, every single trick in the book to harass and put me in fear. By the grace of God, none of it has worked. I’m still here and I’m not backing down,” he added.
At the actual event, Nolan said that the majority of responses to his sign and his shirt were positive, showing that ordinary Americans are growing sick and tired of the media’s racial division strategy. He only received hate from Black Lives Matter (BLM) extremists at the protest.
“I had multiple people actually appreciate my sign and agree, including an old black woman. There were others who were confused but curious, and asked me questions about it. There were a few who told me it was too bold, that it would send the wrong message. But nobody on the right ever threatened me, or got angry, like the BLM crowd on the street did,” Nolan said.
Nolan explained exactly what he meant by his assertion that “racism does not exist,” a notion that is considered heresy in the modern political landscape dominated by cultural marxism.
“Our battle is spiritual, not physical, and that spirit of hate is the same no matter who the target is or why. But words like racism hide that, by pointing people towards the physical, such as skin color, rather than what lies within. As a result, the “anti-racists” end up falling for the same hatred, because they do not see it, and become just as evil as the people they oppose,” he said.
“The Klansmen who burned crosses in people’s yards held the same hate as the BLM rioters burning down buildings hold today. It is the same spirit. But because they are obsessed with the word racism, they think they are justified and righteous, and they are blind to the hate within themselves. Instead of fighting hate, they only breed more,” Nolan continued.
“The people who obsess over the word “racism” end up falling victim to lies. Like a virus, it infects their minds and makes them see racism everywhere, and blame racism for everything. Any sort of disparity or difference, any sort of inconvenience, any sort of problem, is blamed on racism, rather than the real root causes. As a result, nothing ever gets better, because you can’t solve a problem that does not exist. We need to look past this word and focus on the real issues, rather than getting angry about assumptions we are making,” he added.
Nolan also explained that July is white history month, and he believes the month is exceptionally important considering the attacks on U.S. culture that are regularly happening throughout the country.
“I see so many people taking down monuments and statues of American heroes, including George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant. They want to erase Columbus day from the calendar. Columbus Ohio, where I wore that shirt, literally had their Columbus statue torn down! It is clear that many people hate and resent the history of white men, especially the heroes who founded and built America,” he said.
“I wore this shirt because I wanted to counter that narrative, and show appreciation for the Europeans who created Western civilization, the founders of this great nation, and the hard-working people who helped build it up to where we are today. It is not a show of supremacy, nor a way to minimize the history of others, but instead of sign of celebration, appreciation, and love, for a group that is now hated by so many people. Everybody else has a month, and it’s about time we get one too,” Nolan continued.
“We need to stop treating some people like victims and others like unaware oppressors, and realize that we are all Americans and that we all have our own story and struggle,” Nolan concluded.
With millions seemingly paralyzed by fear, patriotic stands taken by courageous individuals like Nolan against the mob are demonstrating to Americans that it is okay to be proud of their heritage and history.
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