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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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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