GOP’s claim that Facebook censored fundraiser rings hollow for conservatives after Senate undercuts Trump’s drive to curb Big Tech
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) claimed on Friday that Facebook shut down the advertising account of the Georgia Battleground Fund, a fundraising umbrella for the NSRC and the campaigns of Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The move came just four days before a runoff election that would flip control of the Senate to Democrats if Loeffler and Perdue both lose to their rivals.
The NRSC urged supporters to go to Georgia Battleground's website to help fight back, tweeting: “Big Tech is at it again.”
Big Tech is at it again.Facebook has shut down the ad account for the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising committee for NRSC, @Perduesenate, and @kloeffler. This is unacceptable with only 4 days to Election Day.Go to https://t.co/E3Y3IDuuxn to help us fight back. pic.twitter.com/katrpxRaPV— The Senate Majority (@NRSC) January 1, 2021
Conservatives on Twitter balked at the request, mocking the group for expecting continued support from politicians who took no action when there was a chance to repeal Section 230, which protects social media giants from being held legally responsible for the content on their platforms.
Help! I’m choking myself. Save me. Send money now.— Dr Martha Lockridge (@Marthalockridg1) January 1, 2021
"Republicans should have gotten rid of Section 230 in the defense bill, and you wouldn't have had this problem," Trump himself tweeted. "Never learn."
Republicans should have gotten rid of Section 230 in the Defense Bill, and you wouldn’t have had this problem. Never learn!!! https://t.co/7wR84Rhln0— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2021
Political strategist Seth Weathers agreed, saying: "Gee, I wonder who could have done something about this kind of thing happening?"
Gee, I wonder who could have done something about this kind of thing happening?— SETH WEATHERS (@sethweathers) January 1, 2021
Another observer said: "You guys are hilarious posting this. You realize you could actually do something about this, right? No difference between Rs and Ds, pretty obvious."
You guys are hilarious posting this. You realize you could actually do something about this, right? No difference between Rs and Ds pretty obvious.— kathy (@PetzKathy) January 1, 2021
The plea for help came on the heels of the Senate overriding Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The president, whose term is scheduled to end on January 20, had vetoed the $740 billion NDAA after demanding that a provision repealing Section 230 be included.
Friday's vote marked the first veto override, requiring two-thirds majorities of both the House and Senate, since Trump took office. Conservatives were looking for ways to weaken Silicon Valley's control of public discussion after the censorship tactics of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms helped Democrat Joe Biden win the November 3 presidential election.
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