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Four Years Later, Republicans Pay the Price for Ignoring the Deplatforming of Laura Loomer

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 By Tom Pappert


 January 14, 2022 at 3:27pm


Following high profile purges of conservative public figures, some may remember Laura Loomer, the deplatformed Republican candidate for U.S. House in Florida who once chained herself to Twitter’s headquarters, as a warning that congressional Republicans should have heard.

Loomer was banned from Twitter in 2018, something relatively unheard of at the time. Twitter decided her tweets were no longer fit for public consumption after she dared to call “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar “anti-Jewish.”

Soon after, Loomer made national news when she handcuffed herself to Twitter’s headquarters in protest. Twitter was not amused.

Loomer ultimately sued Twitter, and the lawsuit failed in 2020.

Twitter remained stone faced when Loomer challenged its policy a different way in 2020: She ran for the U.S. House, and Twitter had promised at the time that elected officials and candidates would not be banned from its platform.

The big tech giant changed that rule as Loomer and other controversial figures, including Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, announced their plans to run for office. They would remain banned from Twitter.

Apparently, society judged, the risk of having Laura Loomer on social media was greater than the risk of having her in the U.S. House.

Regardless, Loomer went on to win a six-way primary contest to represent the Republican Party in 2020.

Should Republicans confront Big Tech?

She broke party fundraising records for her district without using Twitter or Facebook to solicit donors. She was even endorsed by President Trump, who lives in the district.

Those who watched Loomer’s ban play out – alongside the bans of Gavin McInnes, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Paul Joseph Watson – likely experienced far less shock than the uninitiated when Twitter, Facebook, and a litany of other websites censored 45th President Donald Trump following the events of January 6, 2021.

The Republicans, having lost their majority in the U.S. Senate, having failed to secure the U.S. House, and being forced to accept the reality of losing the White House to the Democrats, suddenly realized that big tech might pose a threat.

Since President Trump was banned, some Republicans have made opposition to big tech a part of their messaging. Gutting Section 230 protections for big tech companies has become a talking point, and National File has spoken to two sources who believe some Senate Democrats may be willing to budge on the issue should Republicans retake the House in 2022.

Still, some say this may be a boon to big tech. They warn that tech giants will be able to handle lawsuits generated by the loss of Section 230 protections, while alt tech companies Gab, Gettr, and Parler would likely suffer disproportionately.

Many conservatives have also created accounts on Gab, Parler, GETTR, Telegram, and other alt tech platforms that either do not censor legal speech, or censor it to a milder degree.

Loomer, meanwhile, has continued to confront the big tech giants even as she mostly posts to Telegram, Gab, and Gettr.

She was recently seen levying accusations at former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in public as he spoke at a Bitcoin event.

Still, receiving political pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social media companies have escalated their heavy handed tactics and banned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The tech giants had judged Greene guilty of spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

Greene, who previously campaigned with Loomer and urged Floridians to elect her to the U.S. House so that she might confront big tech giants, has since become a lightning rod for tech censorship.

However, despite her warning about tech censorship four years ago, many of the conservatives carrying Greene’s banner still seem wary of admitting that Loomer was right.

“I’ve been demanding Republicans hold big tech accountable since 2018,” Loomer told National File. “It’s nice that the Republican Party has finally decided to join me.”

She added, “Perhaps they can be intellectually honest with themselves and also recognize the censorship and deplatforming of all Republican candidates, even those who are considered America First outsiders.”

“Let me remind you of Kevin McCarthy’s own words,” Loomer mused. “‘The Republican Party is one big tent.’”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, made the statement while defending anti-Trump Republican Rep. Liz Cheney.

Loomer is correct to point out that the issue is largely political. Just this week, President Joe Biden urged the tech giants to censor “COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation.”

“I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets,” said Joe Biden. “Please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that’s on your shows, it has to stop.”

Joe Biden is driving home a fact Democrats have known for years: Social media has the ability limit and shape public discourse.

Democrats also know that Silicon Valley overwhelming favors them, something proven in publicly accessible political donor information.

If Republicans had paid attention when Loomer was banned, when the Republican Party still held the House, Senate, and the White House, it seems likely this could have been avoided.

If Republicans had paid attention when Loomer was banned while running for public office, when the Republican Party still held the Senate and the White House, it seems likely this could have been avoided.

Instead, the Republican Party’s refusal to take action while in office has created an environment where big tech is able to punish them for violating ideological purity tests with impunity.

The ban of Greene, seen through this lens, is only the latest result of this environment, and it is likely a harbinger of what to expect from big tech companies between now and the midterm elections slated for November of this year.

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‘Presidency Could Use a Reset’: Media Give Joe Biden Negative Press Conference Reviews 

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The establishment media handed President Joe Biden negative reviews after his press conference Wednesday, the sixth reported solo presser of his presidency.

As the oftentimes Democrat-allied media have tried to protect the president from his gaffes, miscues, and overt blunders by avoiding certain topics while focusing on others, many of the establishment media’s headlines after his two-hour press conference were negative.

“As one Joe builds, another Joe destroys,” a Washington Post op-ed headlined about the press conference. The article used language such as, “Biden admitted defeat” and “Biden found himself negotiating with President Manchin through the assembled reporters.”

“It’s time for him [Biden] to produce — or spare us the naive piety. In democracy’s dark hour, he has already done incalculable harm,” the article dissected the speech.

The leading opinion article in the New York Times Thursday morning highlighted Biden’s polling slide with independents and the president’s “weak approval ratings” before acknowledging Biden failed to destroy election integrity.

“Never mind about voting rights or avoiding another Jan. 6. It’s the economy, Joe,” the article stated, criticizing Biden’s 40-year-high inflation.

PBS News titled its response to Biden’s press conference, “Biden acknowledges setbacks to domestic agenda in rare press conference.”

After noting the solo press conference was his first in ten months, PBS News stressed Biden’s answers to the administration’s crisis: “anxiety over omicron,” “soaring inflation,” and the “stalemate on voting rights legislation.”

The Post published a second headline that insinuated Biden’s presidency is broken. “How Biden can fix his presidency,” it read.

“His presidency could use a reset,” the article bluntly stated. “[I]n recent weeks, the omicron variant has set records for new cases in the United States, jobs numbers are volatile, inflation is up, and the Democrats’ $2 trillion Build Back Better plan has stalled in the Senate.”

The Post also published a third negative headline about Biden’s press conference, which admitted the media’s reviews of Biden’s press conference were negative. “The media wants to paint Joe Biden as a failure. He won’t let that happen.”

“President Biden, while marking the end of his first year in office on Wednesday, met a press corps anxious to paint him as a failure,” the article’s first sentence began.

Upon the conclusion of Biden’s press conference, where he defended himself against polling data that suggests 49 percent believe the president is not mentally fit, the White House had reportedly planned a media “clean up” by Vice President Kamala Harris and White House press secretary Jen Psaki:

MAN! “Kamala” went on The TODAY Show to clean up JOE’S MESSY PANTS from yesterday’s DRUG TRIP of a Press Conference. SHE WAS REALLY SNIPPY ABOUT IT! I mean, Savannah is Fake News but SHE didn’t screw up that Press Conference, JOE DID!!!! pic.twitter.com/uHof7SOkq5

— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) January 20, 2022

Harris was reportedly scheduled on all three cable news networks: CBS’s Morning, NBC’s Today Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Psaki appeared on Fox News. And White House chief of staff Ron Klain had a prerecorded message ready to air on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

Psaki’s Fox News appearance was a quite civil interview. This clip gives you the flavor. pic.twitter.com/mV3laviUck

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 20, 2022

Reviews of Harris’s interviews were also negative. Harris laughed on CBS about Biden’s failure to shut down the coronavirus and seemingly ignored questions about election integrity on NBC:

Harris laughs when confronted on Biden’s lie that he would “shut down the virus.” pic.twitter.com/t9IENDw1po

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 20, 2022

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White House Cleans Up Again After Joe Biden Questions Legitimacy of 2022 Election

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The White House spent Thursday morning trying to clean up comments President Joe Biden made questioning the legitimacy of the 2022 midterms.

“Lets be clear: The president was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote on social media.

Lets be clear: @potus was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election. He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted.

— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 20, 2022

During his press conference, Biden repeatedly warned that voting reforms passed by Republicans in states could call into question the results of the election.

“Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be — be illegitimate,” Biden said when asked about the 2022 midterms, as Breitbart News reported.

Biden repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the upcoming 2022 election, unless bills were passed in Congress to federalize elections.

“I’m not going to say it’s going to be legit,” he said. “It’s — the increase and the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these — these reforms passed.”

Psaki claimed Biden was actually trying to support the legitimacy of the election.

Biden questioned the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm elections, after repeatedly lecturing former President Donald Trump and Republicans for casting doubts on the 2020 presidential election. https://t.co/xf5te5BKmg

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 20, 2022

“Let’s be clear: The president was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election,” she wrote. “He was making the opposite point.”

She claimed Biden was challenging Republicans for trying to overturn the 2020 election results on claims of election fraud.

“The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it,” she concluded.

Psaki also went on Fox News to try to explain Biden’s comments.

.@PressSec told Fox News that President Biden “absolutely is not predicting that the 2022 elections would be illegitimate.”

In a Wednesday press conference, @POTUS said “it depends” when asked if the midterm elections will be free and fair if his voting rights agenda stalls. pic.twitter.com/enwD3xKSOQ

— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 20, 2022

Psaki’s latest attempt to explain the president is not the only thing she had to correct after Biden’s nearly two-hour press conference on Wednesday.

She immediately released a statement on Russia and Ukraine after Biden shocked the world by suggesting Putin “has to do something” on Ukraine and that a “minor incursion” might be allowed.

“President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” Psaki wrote, insisting that Biden “affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”

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Del Rio Sector Becoming Busiest for Illegal Border Crossings, Says Chief

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A massive migrant surge in the Del Rio Sector is threatening to make this the busiest of the nine southwest Border Patrol sectors, according to Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens. With approximately 4,000 apprehended over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and nearly 1,000 more on Tuesday, the Del Rio Sector is leading the Rio Grande Valley Sector for January apprehensions.

A source operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed to Breitbart Texas that Del Rio Sector agents apprehended more than 16,000 migrants so far this month. This compares to the approximately 13,000 apprehended during the same period in the Rio Grande Valley sector. If this trend holds through the end of the month, Del Rio will overtake Rio Grande Valley as the busiest sector along the southwest border with Mexico.

Chief Owens tweeted images of more large migrant groups who surrendered to Border Patrol agents immediately after crossing the border from Mexico into Texas. The chief reported five groups crossed the border overwhelming the limited resources available in the sector. One group alone consisted of more than 265 migrants.

Five more large groups in four days for Del Rio Sector, one had more than 265! Groups that give up all at once like this are extremely taxing on resources, especially for Del Rio Sector, the busiest area of the border so far in 2022! pic.twitter.com/qZKBa98rn6

— Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) January 18, 2022

By the following morning, the agents apprehended more large migrant groups. One of these apprehended during the cover of darkness consisted of more than 400 in a single group.

OVERNIGHT: Already a common occurrence, now happening daily. Large groups cross the Rio Grande & immediately turn themselves in to agents in Eagle Pass.

This time, close to 400 in one group! pic.twitter.com/oEGfp9EIGt

— Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) January 19, 2022

The Del Rio Sector appears to be overtaking the Rio Grande Valley Sector as the busiest in the nation. Breitbart Texas’s Randy Clark reported agents in this sector apprehended more than 4,000 migrants during the first six days of the new year. Another 4,000 were apprehended over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. As of Wednesday morning, the number of apprehensions is estimated to exceed 16,000.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Randy Clark contributed to this article.

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