Lost in the shuffle during last week’s several wins for President Donald J. Trump and his administration was the fact that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) introduced a bill that would disallow Silicon Valley tech giants from exerting bias against conservatives.
“Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are now among the largest and most powerful companies in the world,” Gohmert’s office said in a press release. “More and more people are turning to a social media platform for news than ever before, arguably making these companies more powerful than traditional media outlets. Yet, social media companies enjoy special legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, protections not shared by other media. Instead of acting like the neutral platforms they claim to be in order obtain their immunity, these companies have turned Section 230 into a license to potentially defraud and defame with impunity.”
That section of the Communications Act of 1934 allows social media companies the latitude for “blocking and screening of offensive material.” Oftentimes, companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google conflate “offensive” with “conservative,” like when Twitter banned “misgendering” on its platform, making it against the rules to point out the biological fact that a transgender woman is, scientifically speaking, a man. Twitter has quite literally engaged in Orwellian censorship of the truth.
“Representatives of social media companies have testified in Congressional hearings that they do not discriminate against or filter out conservative voices on their platforms. But for all their reassurances, the disturbing trend continues unabated,” Gohmert’s press release said. “Employees from some of these companies have communicated their disgust for conservatives and discussed ways to use social media platforms and algorithms to silence and prevent income to conservatives.”
Indeed they have. Google employees openly discussed their disappointment about Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential loss the day after the election, after attempting to bury search results from conservative news websites. The company also discussed how to increase voter turnout “in key states” for Clinton, and partnered with leftist non-profits in order to achieve that goal.
Gohmert wants to combat this type of behavior from the all-too-powerful Palo Alto Mafia.
“Since there still appears to be no sincere effort to stop this disconcerting behavior, it is time for social media companies to be liable for any biased and unethical impropriety of their employees as any other media company,” Gohmert said. “If these companies want to continue to act like a biased medium and publish their own agendas to the detriment of others, they need to be held accountable.”
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Madison Cawthorn Once Opposed Electoral College Certification…Now He Says Biden’s Victory was Legitimate
He is waffling and equivocating like a veteran RINO.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) has admitted that he never thought there was large-scale voter fraud that occurred in the 2020 presidential election, and he only opposed certifying the electoral college results as a political calculation.
Cawthorn made the admission when he was pressed during an appearance on CNN. Liberals are gloating on Twitter over Cawthorn’s pathetic and embarrassing hypocrisy:
“I think I would say the election was not fraudulent," he finally confesses after getting schooled by Pamela Brown. https://t.co/kuboW49wfW
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) January 24, 2021
“I think I would say the election was not fraudulent. The Constitution allowed for us to be able to push back as much as we could, and I did that to the … constitutional limits that I had at my disposal. So now I would say that Joseph R. Biden is our president,” Cawthorn said.
Cawthorn’s CNN appearance, which should be used as an example for Republican lawmakers of how not to deal with the press, can be seen here:
Here's Madison Cawthorn getting cornered into admitting that his rationale for voting against accepting the election results was bullshit pic.twitter.com/SU6W7sGpXi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2021
Big League Politics has reported on Cawthorn’s suspect behavior in the past and warned that he could be another RINO trying to dupe Trump supporters:
Madison Cawthorn, who is the Republican U.S. Rep. candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, is calling for a “new Republican Party” that pays lip service to issues that are important to leftists.
“The status quo days of the GOP being defined by what we are against, rather than what we are for, are over. We intend to listen, but we also intend to win the argument,” he wrote in his op/ed for the Daily Wire.
Instead of opposing left-wing policies, Cawthorn wants Republicans to capitulate and give concessions to the Left in order to placate to young people in Generation Z who overwhelmingly support leftist politics.
“For the past two decades, however, the Republican Party has marginalized principled reformers in its own ranks and let itself be branded as the “party of no.” On things such as health care, the environment, and other key issues, our leadership has aggressively attacked ideas from the Left but has failed to force consensus around the best ideas from the Right,” Cawthorn wrote.
“Our party, the Grand Old Party, is no longer very grand. But it is very old. Our leaders have failed us and it’s time we stopped putting up with it,” he added.
He wants Republicans to embrace government solutions on issues like healthcare and the environment while echoing woke talking points with regards to race.
“Our party ought not to be ashamed of its heritage nor be afraid of open debate and challenging the “woke” left. On race, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is right and wise to remind conservatives that unjust racial bias is real and persistent. As Scott, who is black, notes, he knows what it’s like to be pulled over to be stopped by security in the Capitol because of the color of his skin. We’ve come a long way, but Scott is right to remind Republicans that we have a long way to go,” Cawthorn wrote.
He also added a thinly-veiled shot as President Donald Trump, which is par for the course considering he is being published in ‘Never Trump’ icon Ben Shapiro’s blog.
“Let us rise as a New Republican Party. A party that offers real solutions and attacks ideas rather than individuals. A party that meets voters where they are, and instead of belittling them for what they care about, offers a better way,” Cawthorn wrote.
Cawthorn may be a sympathetic figure due to his handicap but he may be a dangerous RINO waiting in the weeds. His constituents in North Carolina must keep him honest if he is going to be an effective conservative lawmaker.
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