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Trump Unleashes Tweetstorm Defending White Nationalists Booted From Facebook
Rolling Stone: President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of tweets and retweets on Friday night and Saturday morning covering topics like the right-wing personalities who were booted off Facebook this past week and, of course, North Korea, which launched a short-range projectile off its coast Saturday morning, according to South Korean officials.
The tirade began with a tweet around 7 p.m. on Friday night where Trump, apparently misunderstanding that free speech doesn’t entitle a person to unlimited Facebook use, said he was going to “monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms.” It’s a trope being pushed by many conservatives that Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms have a liberal bias and are “shadow banning” or outright banning prominent conservatives. But that is what happens when you push hatred on a platform that (ostensibly) doesn’t allow it. Trump has run this line many times before, most recently with Twitter, whose CEO Jack Dorsey recently visited the White House. (Trump, naturally, took the opportunity to complain to Dorsey personally that his follower count is smaller than Obama’s.)
Trump went on to tweet about and retweet some of the conservatives removed from Facebook, including supporters Diamond and Silk, actor James Woods, and alt-right figures Paul Joseph Watson, and Lauren Southern. Watson has previously said, “You can’t deny that there are differences between races when it comes to IQ.” Southern is a Canadian who has popularized the theory that “white genocide” is occurring in South Africa >>>