We had become used to news of Republicans being excluded from Social Media over the past year in preparation for the Presidential Election but the purge after the election is surprising and worrying. Waking up this week to news of the withdrawal of big business funding for some Republicans, Amazon Web Services and all other platforms refusing to host Parler, 70,000 "QAnon" accounts being closed by Twitter and even Stripe refusing to process digital payments by the Trump campaign we should all be worried for the USA. We should also be worried about our own media. Even in the UK they have not clearly stated the nature of the Republican complaint about the election (see below).It was noticeable last week that very few media outlets referred to the actual text of Trump's "inflammatory"
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We had become used to news of Republicans being excluded from Social Media over the past year in preparation for the Presidential Election but the purge after the election is surprising and worrying.
Waking up this week to news of the withdrawal of big business funding for some Republicans, Amazon Web Services and all other platforms refusing to host Parler, 70,000 "QAnon" accounts being closed by Twitter and even Stripe refusing to process digital payments by the Trump campaign we should all be worried for the USA. We should also be worried about our own media. Even in the UK they have not clearly stated the nature of the Republican complaint about the election (see below).
It was noticeable last week that very few media outlets referred to the actual text of Trump's "inflammatory" White House speech that supposedly led the pro-Trump crowd to "storm" the Capitol. This is what he said:
“walk down Pennsylvania Avenue” and try “to give our Republicans — the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help — we’re going to try and give them kind of pride and boldness they need to take back our country.” (Vox)
This speech has been cited as the grounds for prosecuting Trump for sedition. It is not surprising that no-one is quoting it. It is scarcely English let alone incitement. Around the time of the Capitol being mobbed Trump tweeted:
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
The tweets at this stage of the proceedings are no longer visible on Twitter, perhaps because they somewhat exonerate Trump, but they were recorded on the Mother Jones website.
Having won the Presidency the Democrats and their controllers are "upping the ante", with threats of impeachment etc., it is as if they desire conflict.
Perhaps the puzzling part of the current purge is the action against QAnon. QAnon itself is totally bonkers like the theories about takeovers by reptiloid aliens before them. Facebook and other social media platforms claimed that they had cleared out QAnon users in October 2020 so the sudden discovery of 70,000 more is disturbing. After the "reptiloid" conspiracy theories anyone criticising big business would be routinely asked to take the tin foil off their heads and nowadays criticisms are met with "you don't believe in QAnon do you?". Those criticising organised big business on the media are being conveniently lumped in with QAnon and silenced. The wealthiest and most powerful people in the world have, within 30 years, gone from being evil capitalist oppressors to innocent victims of conspiracy theories who only meet up to share pictures of their holidays. If, like some modern billionaires, you have wealth to equal the GDP of a medium sized first world country you would expect good PR. These people would surely never indulge in coordinated activity such as banning Trump, the President of the USA, from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch etc. simultaneously or would they?
Deutsche Bank has just announced that it will close all Trump family accounts (although this means writing off $300m debt!) and Signature Bank has closed its relationship with Trump. We also have Ford, AT&T, Dow, Comcast, Verizon, AirBNB, Blue Cross, General Electric etc. and all the social media and online moguls withdrawing funding for Republicans and/or shutting down Trump in the media. So large Multinational Corporations don't intervene in politics? Of course they do. The only question is how much they collude with each other in this intervention. Collusion is clear from the way the dubious US Investment Banks JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup announced the withdrawal of support for all US political parties over the next few months, it is as if they had discussed this among themselves. Until the Corporate associations such as the Council on Foreign Relations etc. prove that they are harmless we must assume that they are instituted to grease the collusion. Whether you love or hate Trump the events in the US are dark and getting darker and much of this is due to Trump's opponents as well as his supporters.
The Republican Complaint
The Republican complaint is that after the Presidential election, in the small hours, the counts in the key states suddenly jumped from Trump being in what appeared to be an unassailable lead to Biden winning. The official explanation for this is that these states delayed the count of the postal votes to the end and these were heavily pro-Biden, some batches were 100% pro-Biden.
The screen grabs above are from Michigan in which the Biden vote jumps by almost 140,000 votes whilst the count for all the other candidates is unchanged. This pattern occurred in all the swing states. As a political nerd I took a look at what was happening in the US count at UK breakfast time and was amazed to see the sudden jumps in Biden support. The official explanation is that Democrat activists brought in the Biden postal vote. This is all legal, the postal voting system is not a secret ballot and can be easily manipulated. What happened should not be legal but it it is. (It is disturbing that the media generally, especially the UK media, are failing to consider the repercussions of the US debacle for the UK and other countries using postal voting during COVID).
In the USA the Republican activists believe that the Biden win was not an effect of the postal vote but due to the infiltration of the tellers by BLM and Antifa activists and also to a deliberate bias in the voting machines. It is doubtful that these claims will be proven, the Republicans will need to accept that their loss was due to a legally flawed postal voting system. However, I doubt that they will accept this. A fair number of decent Republicans must be thinking that even if the Biden win was legal it was almost certainly not honest.