Biden pushes to force social media platforms to stamp out hate, calls for ending their ‘immunity’

While the American people were dealing with this week’s news that 40-year high inflation continues to rock the nation AND their budgets, President Biden was busy celebrating the passage of the Democratic Party’s massive climate spending bill deceptively named the Inflation Reduction Act.

Biden was also busy fighting the mythical threat of white supremacy in the furtherance of his 2020 “saving the soul of the nation” schtick the White House is hoping pays dividends again in the midterms. The president used that fabricated threat as the impetus to further control Big Tech, calling for an end to “special immunity” for social media platforms to stamp out “hate-fueled violence and threats.”

The problem being, the Democrats get to define what is and is not hate.

Speaking Thursday at the United We Stand Summit at the White House, Biden uttered the word hate 29 times in a follow-up to last week’s campaign the demonize “MAGA Republicans,” as he launched “a new White House initiative on hate-motivated violence.”

“In America, evil will not win.  It will not prevail. Hate will not prevail. And white supremacists will not have the last word,” the president said. “And this venom and violence cannot be the story of our time.”

The president was introduced by Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed at the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He brought up Charlottesville while talking about “white supremacists holding Nazi flags,” and said more recently that “31 white supremacists in Idaho were stopped from unleashing hateful violence just before they reached a Pride celebration” — this being an apparent reference to the dubious Patriot Front group that most on the right insist are federal agents posing as white nationalists.

“Our very own intelligence agencies in the United States of America have determined that domestic terrorism rooted in white supremacy is the greatest terrorist threat to our Homeland today,” Biden said, ignoring the fact that these agencies have squandered much of their integrity in the eyes of the American people. “We need to say it clearly and forcefully: White supremacy, all forms of hate fueled by violence have no place in America.”

In support of this goal, the president called on Congress to provide funding to “hold social media platforms accountable for spreading hate and fueled violence.”

“And I’m calling on Congress to get rid of special immunity for social media companies and impose much stronger transparency requirements on all of them,” he added as if Democrats don’t already have enough control over Big Tech.

The remark is in support of revoking Section 230, a law that shields online companies from liability over content posted by users.

“But, folks, it’s not just the federal government that can act,” Biden added. “Everyone has a role to play in this story. Whether you’re a researcher seeking to understand the causes of hate-fueled violence, a philanthropist seeking to fund that research, or a concerned neighbor bearing witness to it — and most collectively condemn those seeking mainstream violence or the threat of violence.”

In effect, President Biden is using the power of the federal government to declare war on his political opponents and he is justifying the authoritarian tactic expected from a third-world tin-pot dictator by deeming those who oppose him to be violent extremists.

Aka, “MAGA Republicans.”

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