Former President Donald Trump is facing unexpected criticism over his decision, announced Thursday, to start selling Trump-themed NFTs.
Some of the arrows are coming from his longtime loyal allies, Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, both of whom argued later Thursday on Bannon’s popular podcast that the staffers behind the NFT idea should all be fired from Trump’s campaign.
MAGA world is super pissed about Trump’s NFT launch.
Steve Bannon and Sebastion Gorka want the person responsible fired. pic.twitter.com/pqml2mTRHU
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) December 15, 2022
“I can’t do this anymore. He’s one of the greatest presidents in history, but I gotta tell you, whoever, what business partner and anybody on the comms team and anybody at Mar-a-Lago – and I love the folks down there – but we’re at war. They oughta be fired today,” Bannon said.
“Never should have happened. It’s fun, it’s hyperbolic, but whoever wrote that pitch should be fired and should never be involved in anything. I don’t want them making the presidential napkins for Mar-a-Lago, OK, anybody who came up with that,” he said.
“The president’s war chest is pretty strong right now. We’ve got two years until the actual inauguration. We don’t have time to waste. If you want to do this type of stuff, have a peon do it. Get somebody who’s recognized in the MAGA world to put their face to this thing and do it. But the president should not be involved with this,” he added.
Criticism has also emerged from others among the Trump base.
Whoever told Trump to do this should be fired https://t.co/fJ56QjYdDu
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) December 15, 2022
I supported Trump for years but this is ridiculous.
Pushing a worthless NFT for $99 a week before Christmas on the heels of the #FTX collapse is beyond wrong.
Calling it a “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT” is just weird.
Who advised him to do this? pic.twitter.com/A8Fk3RfBs4
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 15, 2022
Hard truth time: This is not good. We’re facing a threat to civilization from far left Marxist extremists. Teasing NFT cards as a major announcement is not the kind of fight people want to see now. These are dark times. Love the guy but this turns many off. Agree or disagree? pic.twitter.com/tJ4CcPDF0F
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 15, 2022
Whoever’s advising this stuff is a good idea needs to be fired. This is NOT 2016. We’re in an economic crisis, fighting total cultural degradation, fighting to save our country and facing an enemy that wants to control our lives. People want to see fight right now, not NFT cards.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 15, 2022
i can’t believe i’m going to jail for an nft salesman
— Baked Alaska™️ (@bakedalaska) December 15, 2022
The latter Twitter user, Baked Alaska, is a far-right activist who pleaded guilty over the summer to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his participation in the Jan. 6th riot
Defenders of the president have pushed back on the criticism by arguing that the NFTs weren’t the “big announcement” — that they were just a teaser.
In fairness to the president’s defenders, Trump did make another announcement later Thursday, though it received far less overall attention.
“If we don’t have free speech, we just don’t have a free country. It’s as simple as that. If this most fundamental right is allowed to perish, then the rest of our rights and liberties will topple just like Dominos — one by one, they’ll go down. That’s why today I’m announcing my plan to shatter the left-wing censorship machine and to reclaim the right to free speech for all Americans,” he said in a video posted to Truth Social.
“In recent weeks, bombshell reports have confirmed that a cynical group of ‘deep state’ bureaucrats, Silicon Valley tyrants, left-wing activists, and depraved corporate news media have been conspiring to manipulate and silence the American people. They have collaborated to suppress vital information on everything, from elections to public health. The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed, and it must happen immediately,” he added.
Watch the second announcement below:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: I have obtained a copy of President Trump unveiling the major planks of his official Free Speech Policy Proposal
This is the first video drop in a series to come from his 2024 presidential campaign pic.twitter.com/PDMUBNmc8W
— Birthday Purge Poso (@JackPosobiec) December 15, 2022
The president then proceeded to announce how he intends to fix this dilemma.
“First, within hours of my inauguration, I will sign an executive order banning any federal department or agency from colluding with any organization, business or person to censor, limit, categorize, or impede the lawful speech of American citizens,” he said.
“I will then ban federal money from being used to label domestic speech as ‘mis’ or ‘disinformation.’ And I will begin the process of identifying and firing every federal bureaucreat who’s engaged in domestic censorship, directly or indirectly, whether they are the Department of homeland Security, the Department of Health and human Services, the FBI, the DOJ. No matter who they are,” he added.
See his full agenda below:
BREAKING: President Trump announces free speech policy plan for 2024! pic.twitter.com/66VBvXy7t0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 15, 2022
The president’s supporters say that what happened — all the attention being directed at the NFTs versus this announcement — is yet another damning indictment of the media’s stunning incompetence:
Trump got all these clowns to jump the gun on his “major announcement” and they all wrote a bunch of Trump-deranged hit pieces on his digital cards
Now they all have to tuck their tails between their legs and report on the REAL announcement to restore free speech. pic.twitter.com/fWm8VtaFYb
— TX DAW (@dawilliams59) December 15, 2022
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