Lara Trump, former President Donald Trump‘s daughter-in-law, has claimed that Facebook removed her interview with him, with an email from the social media site saying any content “in the voice of Donald Trump” would be wiped from its platform.
Lara Trump, a recently hired Fox News contributor, on Tuesday published links to the 18-minute video of her talking with the former president in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on several social media sites, such as Twitter and Instagram.
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Early on Wednesday, Lara Trump posted to Instagram and Facebook a screenshot of an email warning that any content posted to both platforms “in the voice of President Trump is not currently allowed on our platforms (including new posts with President Trump speaking)” and said that it “will be removed if posted, resulting in additional limitations on accounts that posted it.”
“This guidance applies to all campaign accounts and Pages, including Team Trump, other campaign messaging vehicles on our platforms, and former surrogates,” the email stated. It also mentioned that “we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured President Trump speaking,” saying that it was “in line with the block” on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, permanently banned then-President Trump from its platform in January shortly following the deadly Capitol riot.
Alongside the screenshot, Lara Trump wrote in a caption: “Just like that, we are one step closer to Orwell’s 1984. Wow.”
The email was also sent to other Trump officials, such as son Eric Trump, who posted screenshots to Instagram too.
A source from Facebook confirmed to this reporter that the email is either “real or similar.”
After the January 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to block then-President Trump “indefinitely,” saying that the commander-in-chief had used the platform to “incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government”.
Leading up to and following the November presidential election, Trump used his social media to promote allegations of widespread election fraud.
Along with Facebook and Instagram, Trump was also permanently banned from Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube after the riot.
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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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