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Trump targets Google as another enemy in his war against First Amendment

How do you know Trump is feeling the heat from last week’s news regarding Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and the growing Mueller investigation? He fires up his base with a round of tweets where he feeds them the same old tired muck he regurgitates every time he needs a distraction for them to focus to keep them from focusing on the truth.

One of Trump’s favorite distractions is his unimaginative cries of “Fake News” whenever the media reports unfavorable and unflattering news about the Emperor with no clothes — my apologies to Hans Christian Anderson. After all, when your entire narcissistic existence is predicated on the unconditional adulation of others, clearly the only reason for anyone to say “mean” things about you is because they are “unfair” or have “rigged” the system against you.

Yesterday, Trump sent out a tweet targeting Google for showing “only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media” whenever searching for “Trump News.” He went on to say, “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories and news is BAD, Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal.”

In a subsequent tweet, Trump took his rant up a notch. “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can and cannot see. This is a very serious situation – will be addressed.”

Illegal? Will be addressed? What does that mean? Why doesn’t this bother the orange Kool-Aid drinkers? I know. Stupid question.

This is no idle threat. Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow said in an interview with reporters that the administration is “taking a look” at the possibility of regulating Google searches. Communist China regulates Google, that is, when they aren’t blocking it completely every June 4 on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square student protests. Talk about “hiding information.”

Joseph Goebbels-styled propaganda principles against the media have helped Trump reap enormous support in his war against the First Amendment, especially from the Trumplicans and Trumpservatives. In a recent Ipsos poll, 43 percent of Republicans favored giving Trump authority to “close news outlets engaged in bad behavior,” and 48 percent agreed with Trump’s claim that the media is the “enemy of the American people.”

Since January of this year, Trump has renewed his threat to expand libel laws so he can sue news outlets for writing “bad things” about him; has promoted the creation of state-run media; and has threatened to revoke credentials for media outlets that report negative stories about him. Google is just another step in the ladder.

About three years ago, Barack Obama laid the foundation for restricting First Amendment rights by seizing control of the internet via Net Neutrality. In the Age of Trump, the New York liberal with an “R” after his name wants to finish the work started by Obama simply to silence his critics and feed his massive ego.

Originally posted at The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that's politically-incorrect and always "right." His articles can also be found on RedState.com. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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