Trey Gowdy pooh-poohs relevance of coordinated effort to silence then-sitting President Donald Trump

Fox News host and former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) seemed all too willing to downplay the most recent implications from the “Twitter Files” as he referred to some aspects as “just not breaking news.”

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Coming as little surprise to conservatives, corporate media has endeavored to keep their distance from reporting on the release of internal communications at Twitter related to the suppression of stories and voices, most notably that of former President Donald Trump. Monday on “Special Report,” Fox News host Bret Baier leaned into the left’s attempt to paint the reports as a “nothingburger” when he asked Gowdy to weigh in considering “there are some news organizations who don’t” see it as a “big deal.”

“I hate to be an outlier, but a group of Democrats showing preference for a Democrat and suppressing Republicans, it’s just not breaking news to me,” he replied.

That statement was leveled after “The Five” co-host Jessica Tarlov had finished asserting the recent “Twitter Files” were “a very ugly look for the company and something that they would certainly be embarrassed that was released.”

“Obviously, there were concerns about the free speech part of this. We had the president of France, we had Angela Merkel while she was still chancellor, say that this was chilling to see this happening in the United States,” Tarlov went on about the decision to manipulate policy to placate staff and outside influencers who wanted to see Trump silenced. “But this is a private company and there were a lot of people, obviously within Twitter, but outside of Twitter who did feel that the president was inciting violence and we did end up seeing violence on Jan. 6.”

“So I see a pretty clear line there. And Matt Taibbi had one of his releases that said that Donald Trump, something they considered was what he called a pretty anodyne tweet. It wasn’t anodyne at all,” she argued. “It was actually the president saying that the mail-in ballots were–should be invalidated–that there were discrepancies in them. And that’s how we’ve ended up with a system that are [sic] so many people who support the president who don’t think that Biden was elected legitimately.”

Before turning it over to Gowdy, Baier added, “Yeah, I guess the argument was, was it calling for violence at that moment, which was their stipulation?”

The former prosecutor and one-time congressman continued his seeming defense of progressive talking points by stating, “I mean, The New York Times and Politico have been doing it for decades. So, I mean, shame on us for becoming so reliant on social media.”

Only then did he briefly suggest there could be a bigger concern, “If there is entanglement between government or law enforcement or intelligence community and Twitter, that’s a different story,” before he went back to minimizing the details. “But, Bret, The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican since Dwight Eisenhower.”

“I mean, who is surprised that a group of Democrats is going to suppress positive stories about Republicans and amplify negative stories about Republicans?” he asked. “It’s just not surprising to me.”


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