The President of the United States, the leader of the free world, is now banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Snapchat, YouTube, TikTok, and others, cutting him off from speaking directly to millions of his supporters.
The companies behind the bans, as well as Democrats and their co-conspirators in the mainstream media, will tell you that there is a very good reason for him being banned – he was inciting violence! But their argument rings hollow.
While I strongly disagree with the actions that protesters took at Capitol Hill last Wednesday and believe they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (as does President Trump), Democrats, the media, and their partners at Big Tech have no moral ground to say anything negative about it.
Just take a look at what they said during the Black Lives Matter protests that wreaked havoc in cities across the US in 2020. CNN’s Don Lemon not only didn’t condemn the rioters then, he championed it, saying “this is how our country started,” essentially saying that the criminals who destroyed hundreds of businesses, ravaged America’s streets, and left dozens killed were great patriots. Chris Cuomo, another CNN anchor, specifically supported the protesters acts of violence, saying, “Please show me where it says protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful.” (The Constitution actually only gives the right to peaceful protest). In a now-infamous scene, a CNN reporter stood in front of businesses burning to the ground and said that the protests were “mostly peaceful.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a darling of the left, argued that violent demonstrations were a good thing because “the whole point of protesting is to make people uncomfortable.” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris helped raise funds so that criminals who burned down a police station could be released on bail.
Were not the above individuals inciting riots too? Should they have not been banned from social media platforms as well?
In the minds of Big Tech, no. Because they were supporting “good violence” while the Capitol protests were “bad violence.” They are making their own judgment call about what matters in this country and that’s a really slippery slope we appear to be heading down way too fast.
So why was President Trump banned? Because his statements don’t fit the description of what a liberal is. They don’t fit the inside the little box of group think that the media wants us all in. And therefore he must be muzzled, silenced forever.
There isn’t a right or wrong in this situation. The BLM mobs were wrong, and the Capitol Hill mobs were wrong as well. But the way that Big Tech arbitrarily choose to enforce their rules on right-leaning individuals while ignoring the very same transgressions from leftists is horrific for free speech and the country.
When only one side of a debate has a voice, pressure begins to build up. And that pressure, when it finally blows, can come with terrible consequences.