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The Suicide Squad wins the Twitter war but loses anywhere else

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The Suicide Squad wins the Twitter war but loses anywhere else

We can argue about whether Trump’s tweets were strategic or narcissistic. The result is the same: Trump provoked four Congresswomen into revealing their hatred for America. In doing so they took to Twitter to declare that President Trump is a racist. The Suicide Squad and their legions trended anti-Trump hashtags on Twitter for days. On the surface it appears that it was a bad weekend for Trump.

On the Twittersphere, Trump’s week is off to a bad start. The Suicide Squad has won the Twitter front, yet lost everywhere else. When CNN asked Republican women about the issue, they vehemently defended Trump’s statements. Earlier this week, they held a longwinded press conference that amounted to nothing more than a long campaign commercial for Trump 2020.

Echo Chambers

The media continuously overestimates American involvement on Twitter because the media is on Twitter and Twitter is where the news happens because the media is on Twitter. If that sounds circular, it’s because that’s how the media works. Polls show that Americans do not care about the Mueller Report, yet Twitter would have you think otherwise. The media wants you to believe that Twitter is an organic social platform, and popular stories, hashtags, conversation are the result of the merit of the stories. But Jack Dorsey is not neutral, saying so himself. Twitter Moments is the hand selected stories by Twitter for its users and the “For You” section of trends is certainly manipulated. So how significant is Twitter, really? Not that much. Let’s consider the words of MarketWatch’s Brett Arends:

According to the company’s own public filings, only about 20% of the U.S. population even uses Twitter. And less than half of those go on it regularly.

And as everyone knows, only a tiny percentage of those dominate the “conversation.”

To listen to Twitter two years ago, after the far-right demonstration in Charlottesville, you’d think everyone wanted Confederate statues knocked down. Actually, there wasn’t even strong support for that among African-Americans. A few months ago, you’d have assumed absolutely everyone wanted Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over the “black face” affair: Actually, even most black Virginians didn’t. Today you’d think everyone calls illegal immigrants “undocumented workers,” and wants them to have free, universal health care. Really?

So while most Americans are uninformed as to what Trump actually said, not having a Twitter account, the media will spin a poll by USA Today/ Ipsos to show that majority of Americans think that Trump’s tweets were racist. Here are their findings in their own words:

Trump’s controversial tweets open a wider discussion about racism versus patriotism. Two-thirds (65%) agree that telling minority Americans to “go back to where they came from” is racist. However, there is a 40-percentage point difference between Democrats and Republicans on this (85% of Democrats agree vs. 45% of Republicans). Similarly, the vast majority of Republicans (70%) believe that people who call others “racist” usually do so in bad faith, whereas just 31% of Democrats believe the same

Americans come together on the idea that it is patriotic to point out where America falls short and try to do better. Almost three-quarters agree (72%), with majority support even across party lines (80% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans).

Generically, telling someone to “go back” to their own country is likely racist, but applying these results to Trump’s tweets is devoid of context rendering the poll meaningless. Ilhan Omar is fundamentally anti-American and Trump questioning why she bothers staying is completely not racist within context. A poll asking generic questions with an assumed premise as to what Trump’s tweet was is misleading, and quite frankly, the results are underwhelming for the Socialist narrative even with overwhelming bias in the poll. The New York Post in carrying this false assumption about the poll said noted these findings:

But 70 percent of respondents say “people who usually call others ‘racist’ usually do so in bad faith,” while 31 percent of Democrats say so.

Going back to the CNN video we see women asked with the context known or presented whether they think that what Trump said was racist and they pushed back on the assumption of racism. The most powerful part of that video was the CNN lady defining racism assuming Trump’s words even remotely came close to surpassing the definition she read. She got wrecked.

Final Thoughts

The Trump campaign and, in the far bigger picture, the Conservative movement will undoubtedly win this issue in the real world. The challenge is communicating the context. Conservatives should continue fighting their ideas on Twitter, but our main focus should be on other platforms, including and especially the real world. As long as the Socialists think they are winning in their own echo chambers, they will continue losing in the real world.

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What President Trump hasn’t done

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An op-ed I posted a few hours ago has drawn more people to reach out to me to see if I’m turning against President Trump, yet. One particularly well known “Never Trumper” direct messaged me on Twitter to congratulate me for seeing through the President’s lies. He was shocked to find out my call for the President to sanction Turkey didn’t mean I was turning against him. I still intend to support the President’s reelection efforts and will be voting for him in 2020.

There’s a big difference between criticism and opposition. In today’s ultra-tribal political atmosphere, too many people deal with absolutes. If they oppose a candidate or a party on a single issue, they suddenly oppose that candidate or party on all issues. It’s rather strange seeing former “conservatives” who are now embracing Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren while still pretending to be pro-life, defenders of capitalism, protectors of religious freedoms, 2nd Amendment proponents, and believers in limited government.

But it’s not just the “Never Trumpers” who are the problem. Some of the President’s most devoted fans have willfully molded their conservative worldviews around his. They’re latching onto his “bring the troops home” mantra regarding Syria, though the troops aren’t actually coming home. They’re preparing to be “common sense gun control” advocates in case the President signs universal background checks or red flag incentives into law. They do these things without considering if President Obama did either of these things, they’d be all over Twitter calling him treacherous and anti-freedom.

My perspectives on President Trump are simple and honest. When he does well, I praise him. When he does poorly, I criticize him. My praise has greatly outweighed my criticisms, but invariably any time I criticize his actions I’m attacked by overzealous members of his base and approached by “Never Trumpers” looking to add me to their ranks.

Friday evening, I posted a thread that demonstrates why I won’t be a “Never Trumper” any time soon. It’s worth reading to understand why I can criticize the President while knowing I generally support him and approve of most of his policies.

I can call for President Trump to sanction Turkey and still be fully supportive of his presidency and reelection efforts. Criticism on one issue is not opposition as a whole… at least it shouldn’t be. Patriotism must be driven by honest assertion of our beliefs.

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To all conservatives running for office: We want to hear from you

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To all conservatives running for office We want to hear from you

Presidential election years are challenging for lower-office candidates. It seems so much focus is placed on the big job by the media that extremely important races down-ticket don’t get the attention they deserve. With 2020 around the corner, it’s time to start getting the conservative message out to the people. If you’re a candidate running for office and you’re a Constitution-defending, freedom-loving patriotic conservative, we want to hear your story.

It doesn’t matter if you’re running for a seat on Capitol Hill, a local city council spot, or anything in between. We believe in the federalist principle that governing is shared across the spectrum. In fact, one can argue that a mayor has more direct influence over the lives of his or her constituents than the President. The people need to hear what you have to say, and NOQ Report wants to help get that word out.

The best way to contact us for interviews is through Twitter. I know, it’s a mess out there on social media, but we’ve found Direct Messages on Twitter are the easiest way to set up the interviews. Simply follow @NoqReport and send a Tweet at us so we can follow you back. Then, we’ll chat on DM and set up an interview.

Even if you’re not running for office yourself, you can help connect us with candidates you support. Just send them this article and get the conversation started.

Every election is allegedly the most important of our lifetime. That’s the pitch we often hear. But 2020 is definitely critical as many Americans seem to be shifting towards socialism. That cannot be allowed. Let’s work to get the conservative message out.

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A Libertarian and a Conservative walk into a bar and discuss social media censorship

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A Libertarian and a Conservative walk into a bar and discuss social media censorship

Okay, so it wasn’t a bar, it was John Stossel’s ReasonTV studio. But when he had conservative show host Glenn Beck on to discuss social media censorship, I’ll admit I expected some fireworks. What ended up happening was far more enjoyable as both agreed there’s a problem and government isn’t the solution.

There we go. End of video. It’s settled.

Well, there’s a bit more than that, but the two firebrands for their respective political philosophies both understood the barrier for exposure is much higher for the freedom-loving right than for those who espouse social justice violence, such as the hatred spread and acted upon by groups like Antifa. In an effort to fight “hate speech,” tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Google have established a double-standard in which “hate speech” rules apply loosely to the political left even in blatant instances while the hammer is dropped instantly on the political left when there’s even a hint of it.

We’ve experienced it for ourselves multiple times, most recently when an article description called for criminal illegal immigrants to be deported back to their nations of origin. We weren’t calling for immigrants to be “sent home” or even for all illegal immigrants to be. We were specifically calling out violent criminal illegal aliens, but that was too much for a particularly huge social media “platform” to accept. Our accounts have been shadowbanned. One account was fully banned. And, to our chagrin, we’ve learned the wrong lesson from it. We’re careful with what we post, now. Such things should not be, especially when we’re pushing truth, not hatred.

In this video, John Stossel and Glenn Beck discuss the problems so many right-leaning Americans are experiencing on big tech platforms. Behind the guise of fighting “hate speech,” they’re actually quashing ideas that oppose their own progressive worldviews.

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