“This is one of the reasons why the foundation of the Republican Party has been frustrated,” said Jason Shepard, the Republican chairman of Cobb County, Georgia, where the Republican Party lost two Senate seats. Senate-Tuesday.
Shepherd said he heard news from local militants on Friday and Saturday that they left Facebook and Twitter because of their dissatisfaction with social media and eventually “feeling bored.”
He said: “You basically cut off the voice of 50% of Americans.” “That is huge.”
On Fox News and GOP-friendly social media platform Parler, Republicans entered the weekend because they did not curb posts that incited violence, so they were taken aback by the Twitter ban, and Apple and Google suspended their app stores. Parler application.
At Parler on Friday, Trump’s loyal Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the President on Monday and replayed the late December podcast to Trump loyalists. In the podcast, he Become a “big technology tyrant”
“this is of Talk show host Dave Rubin (Dave Rubin) told Fox. “There is a war on reality. We are in an information war.”
Rubin silently admitted that the dispute resonated in an otherwise broken party. Rubin said that no matter what people think of Trump, “the big technological oligarchs can decide who can speak… everyone should be very angry now. .”
The subject shows all signs that it will exceed Trump’s presidency for a long time, and may even surface in the Republican presidential primary elections in 2024. Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican of Missouri and a potential presidential candidate for 2024, is already planning an upcoming book titled “The Tyranny of Big Technology.”
The publishing house Simon & Schuster announced that it had cancelled the book due to the riots in the Capitol-it was described as Hawley’s “character, posing a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom”- Only attracted more attention.
Wayne MacDonald, a New Hampshire lawmaker and former chairman of the Republican Party, said it is too early to say how obvious the long-term impact of “big technology” on the party will be. In recent years, the frustration in Silicon Valley has subsided and spread, and it has rarely attracted people’s attention like other cultural issues.
MacDonald pointed out that he is still on Twitter-many other Republicans are also-he said: “I don’t even believe that the ban will be permanent.”
Regardless of the war, the party indeed With the help of Big Tech, nailing the theme of Trump’s Twitter ban will be risk-free, mainly because of the established reason for the ban-fear that he will continue to impose more violence-to remind people that Trump is in the Capitol A deadly riot was triggered.
“To talk about perceivable censorship, I don’t know how much clear censorship the Republicans will be talking about because their actions restrict their actions on social media (especially Twitter) and are the direct result of these attacks. It happened in Congress. Building.” said Michael Brodkorb, the former vice chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party. “It’s like people complaining about the number of airline safety restrictions on 9/11 positions.”
Although pro-Trump Republicans don’t like it, Broadcobb said: “Ultimately, big technology is actually giving Republicans a benefit by safeguarding content that Republicans have been reluctant to and cannot self-regulate. It’s more difficult for Republicans to continue this extremist behavior, and it’s difficult to organize so freely.”
For traditionalist Republicans, trying to overthrow Trump from the party, in any case, letting the president leave Twitter may be a boon-the simple reason is that it will deprive him of his megaphone so that he can speak Outrageous words, and these words are often reflected in Trump. Party.
“Twitter is his base and activist, a relaxing platform for enthusiastic supporters to see what he thinks all the time,” said Sean Reagan, a Republican strategist who works for Reagan and George H. Bush. Walsh said. “You cut off the umbilical cord, cut off Trump’s ability to harass, and caused trouble for other Republicans and social affairs.”
For the Republican Party, Walsh said of Trump’s Twitter ban: “This is liberation.”