President Trump vowed that conservative voices were “not going to be silenced” during a social media summit at the White House.
Speaking with a group of conservatives gathered for the event Thursday, the president announced that he would be looking into “regulatory solutions” to protect the free speech of not just conservative voices on social media platforms, but for everyone.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
“Today I am directing my administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free speech rights of all Americans,” Trump said. “We hope to see transparency, more accountability and more freedom.”
The president asserted that all voices need to be heard, including those on the left – many of whom were visibly absent from the gathering.
“Big tech must not censor the voices of the American people,” Trump said, though he vowed that conservatives who have been shut down by bias would not remain silent.
“We’re not going to be silenced,” he said.
(Video: YouTube/ABC News)
In tweets ahead of the summit, the president announced that the purpose of the gathering was to examine “the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer.”
Trump trolls media, Dem opponents ahead of ‘right-wing’ social media summit: ‘They’ll all be endorsing me’ https://t.co/pm08drJ9RU
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 11, 2019
“The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period,” he added, further enraging the liberal media which was up in arms about the summit as a gathering of “right-wing extremists.”
While the president has repeatedly called out the tech giants, Twitter, Google and Facebook were reportedly not invited to the summit. The guest list, which remained a mystery for much of the day Thursday, turned out to include names that further drove the left to a meltdown.
At one point, a CNN reporter who was not happy about being relegated to the cheap seats in the back hurled insults at the summit’s attendees. The shouting match nearly ended in a brawl with conservative commentator Sebastian Gorka.
Gorka explodes on ‘punk’ CNN journo after he throws insults, challenges him to a fight at Rose Garden https://t.co/4dcauCV1dW
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 12, 2019
Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Florida’s Rep. Matt Gaetz and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who has been an outspoken critic of social media bias, were at the meeting as were others praised by Trump.
James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, internet duo Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson – otherwise known as Diamond and Silk – as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross got a shout out from the president.
Trump told the group that “you’re journalists and you’re influencers” and said they the American public “without having to go through the fake news filter.”
“The crap you think of is unbelievable,” he told them, calling some of the guests “extraordinary.”
The president said he would be inviting representatives from the major social media platforms to the White House next month for a meeting.
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