Trump Organization Executive Vice President Donald Trump Jr. joined Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo Tuesday to tackle a number of issues, including big tech censorship. The President’s son explained that social media companies have targeted conservatives on their platforms, but are defending their actions by claiming to protect free speech, however, he said, it’s not free speech, it’s ‘their speech.’
“Well, it’s not just my father, Maria,” Trump Jr. explained. “It’s all conservatives. It’s people who are pro-life, it’s people who are pro-second amendment, the religious right. It’s happened to me on numerous occasions…” explaining that he was censored for questioning the now-debunked story on actor Jussie Smollett.
He added, “You know, I got targeted for hate speech. Turns out I was right. You know, that didn’t stop the mainstream media from dragging me through the mud for three or four days. But, that’s what’s gone on.”
The President and his supporters have been censored numerous times in recent weeks on Twitter and Trump himself, was recently temporarily suspended from Twitch, a popular streaming platform. Moreover, a group of his fans on Reddit had their page suspended on Monday.
“All these social media companies, they’re controlled by leftists. Even whatever they’re saying that 25,000 people that work of them are all leftists. They all believe in one thing and it’s not free speech, they only believe in their speech. You can only be woke, if you’re not woke enough, again, a cancellable offense,” Trump Jr. explained.
“So, you’ve seen this happen. You know, social media is supposed to be a free marketplace. These companies get all sorts of protections from the federal government, from liability, etc. But if they’re acting as publishers and saying ‘you can’t push this, you can’t write that, you can’t do that,’ they should not be getting those protections. And it’s an issue I’ve been really vocal about for quite a few years, and a lot of conservatives, frankly, have been very slow to adapt, unfortunately.”
Conservatives are starting to act now, Trump Jr. noted. Parler, a social media platform that touts itself as a “non-biased free speech” site, has seen an uptick in users by the thousands in recent weeks. A number of those users include top conservative influencers and lawmakers.
The President has also taken swift action against the social media giants with a recently-signed executive order, as reported.
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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