By Jerry Wilson
Having discovered that “defund the police” wasn’t the sure-fire winner with voters believed to be post-George Floyd, Congressional Democrats have suddenly gone completely the other way by demanding social media companies highlight any and all dirty looks thrown law enforcement’s way after the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. From the Washington Post:
House Oversight Committee leaders are demanding social media companies take “immediate action” to address a flood of violent online threats against law enforcement, following the FBI’s search of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The lawmakers sent letters Friday to the executives of eight social media companies, including Facebook parent company Meta and the fringe right-wing platform Gab, demanding details about the number of threats against law enforcement. The letters cite a “spike in social media users calling for civil war” and other violence against law enforcement after Trump and some Republican members of Congress lashed out against the FBI.
Now, given that people running their mouths on social media has the exact same effect on actual events and happenings as trying to take out the Rock of Gibraltar with an emery board has on world geography, Congress suddenly being “so concerned” with people badmouthing the FBI would be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that these people are deadly serious. Where was the congressional outrage when, for example, the FBI set up a phony kidnap plot against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer? And yes, I’m being more than a little facetious here.
Back to the story. Congress wants you to know that they are deeply concerned over people saying bad things against the FBI. You know, the FBI that the majority of Americans now view as being Joe Biden’s private Gestapo?
“We are concerned that reckless statements by the former president and Republican Members of Congress have unleashed a flood of violent threats on social media that have already led to at least one death and pose a danger to law enforcement officers across the United States,” said the letters written by House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and House national security subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.). “We urge you to take immediate action to address any threats of violence against law enforcement that appear on your company’s platforms.”
Of course, those in charge should properly investigate credible threats against law enforcement. No one in their right mind, which covers pretty much everybody on the right side of the aisle, is anti-law enforcement. The opposition stems from law enforcement no longer enforcing the law but instead becoming a tool of the ruling party to suppress free speech and the Constitutionally-given guarantee to petition the government for redress of grievances.
One wonders where Rep. Maloney and Lynch were two years ago when The Squad was trying to defund and succeeding in demonizing law enforcement. While this does reinforce the notion that Joe Six-Pack (and we’re not talking abs) venting on Twitter or variations thereof carries more weight than AOC & Co. in terms of shaping public opinion, it’s also a tad curious how selective Congressional members can be in determining what is and isn’t acceptable speech. Be back in a second while I ice down my overheating facetiousness generator.
Ironically — or not — it’s the “fringe” site that’s being the most cooperative.
Gab CEO Andrew Torba responded to The Washington Post’s request for comment with links to a pair of blog posts, including one where Gab said it is “considering” its response to Congress and that it quickly responded to law enforcement requests related to the Pennsylvania arrest. The seven other companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Since this story comes from the Washington Post, naturally, Post’s gonna Post.
House Democrats are scrutinizing the renewed online calls for violence against law enforcement as they grapple with the role that social media played in fomenting the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Deadly to Ashli Babbitt, yes.
Once again, the Democrats’ inability to read the room has risen to the top. It is painfully apparent that the Democratic Congressional majority, knowing its time is short, can and is doing anything possible to drum up fear that the evil Republicans are going to march everybody off to reeducation camps should they retake control of Congress this November. The problem is that the medium used to get the message is the same media nobody watches or reads. So, naturally, they are also attempting to squelch social media-provided free speech.
Again, no one in their right mind on the right condones threats of violence against law enforcement. As my colleague Bonchie said immediately following the Mar-a-Lago raid, we know better.
How many threats against the FBI were there before they began acting like idiot Biden’s personal Gestapo? Just wondering.
Gab..enjoying its 6th year after every attempt to shut down the site. Torba makes it clear illegal activity will never be tolerated, nor porn.
I wonder if threatening nukes against citizens like Biden did, with the ability to do it counts for anything.
Lizzard who sits on the J6 marsupial thingee, saying she will do ANYTHING to prevent Trump from being President. We have seen that with the deceptive editing of messages.
It has become obvious the intelligence services have become the strong arms of the democrat extremists.
Vent a bit on line and you get dragged off to the gulag.
So some liberal pinhead who turned over all thse guns and signs Pledge of non-violence some crinimalls break into their home to ransack the place liberal pinhead tells his wife he,ll win them over with his disarming smile next moment the liberal pinhead is being taken to the hospital with two Black eyes a fat lip a bloody nose a appointment with the dentists for False Teeth