It has been made perfectly clear by President Donald Trump’s administration, if not by himself, he isn’t a fan of criticism. Since the internet has been a flood of “left wing” agenda, that only allows liberal propaganda on the internet, Trump’s trying to stymie dissent. As laughable as that argument is as much as Hillary Clinton’s “vast right-wing conspiracy”, Trump wants to look at anti-trust issues against the tech companies. The same companies he blames for the negative stories on him. That is a very Democrat way of thinking.
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Let’s put this into some content that people understand. This summer, President Donald Trump had taken aim at various social media companies. Complaining that he and his followers have been the subject of a censorship campaign. In August, Trump told reporters that companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter were “treading on very, very troubled territory.” He’s lost followers because of censorship. However, those losses seem to stem from Twitter’s efforts to get rid of bots and spam accounts.
Trump has continued to bang this particular drum in recent weeks, floating ideas that search engines like Google need to be regulated. And, that he sees the influence of these types of companies as a “very antitrust situation.” Yet, Republicans clamored that President Obama was looking to abolish right-wing speech, which never occurred.
Democrats Put Anti-Trust Back Onto The Table
Back in 2016, the Democratic Party began calling for tougher anti-trust monopoly laws, primarily against Silicon Valley technology companies. “Large corporations have concentrated their control over markets to a greater degree than Americans have seen in decades,” the platform reads. It defines concentrated corporate power as more than an economic problem, calling it “corrosive to a healthy democracy,” and declares that Democrats “will make competition policy and antitrust stronger and more responsive.”’
In the previous thirty years, the Democratic Party had stripped the anti-trust enforcement from their platform. In June of 2016, Senator Elizabeth Warren stated that “the country needs more competition” which was the basis of her argument for reviving anti-trust lawsuits.
Warren named names. “Walmart, Comcast, CVS, Delta and Anthem were among them,” the piece reads. “But the boldest part of her speech, the part that Democrats most need to hear, focused on a new breed of ascendant monopolies: Amazon, Google and Apple. Led by socially liberal executives, these companies donate much more to Democrats than Republicans, but they also oppose the idea of government intervening in the markets they control.”
Trump Didn’t Always Favor Republicans
However, Donald Trump is not doing it for something as noble as the people. He is going after the tech companies because they are saying bad things about him. For someone that trolls people via Twitter, he doesn’t like bad things being said about himself. Although, after all, before he ran on the Republican ticket, he did claim to be more Democrat than anything else.
“In many cases, I probably identify more as Democrat,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a 2004 interview. “It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans. Now, it shouldn’t be that way. But if you go back, I mean it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats. … Certainly we had some very good economies under Democrats, as well as Republicans. But we’ve had some pretty bad disaster under the Republicans.”
How To Use It Against Him
Now, many of his supporters that don’t like facts, simply because they get in the way of their point. If you were to tell Republicans that Trump is supporting a liberal viewpoint, their heads would explode. It is only fair that they will answer with trying to fight for freedom of speech. Unfortunately, they are only fighting for freedom of their speech, and it is a bit misguided. What Democrats should do is applaud him for taking up a Democratic cause: anti-trust. Fighting for the every man would most likely give him pause and his base will scratch their heads. I guarantee you this topic would fall off the radar screen in no time.
It would be easy to say that he is doing the right thing for the wrong reason. If he chooses to take on the tech companies with anti-trust investigations, Democrats should praise him for looking at the liberal agenda and finding a commonality in their ideology. Most people would call their bluff and see how far they can push it. Unfortunately, for the current administration, optics are better than substance. They would quickly let the issue go and that would the Democrats biggest victory.
Sadly, Democrats don’t have enough guts to take chances. Republicans have been shaping the Democrats image for years. Their only response is, “that’s not true.” Yet, they never have the ability to shape their own message. I’ll get to that in a later post. It is time to play hard ball and take it to Trump. When he is picking up on a remotely liberal point-of-view, they should call him out on it. Label his ideology as more liberal than his base believed. That, would be the only way to win. To win big.