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Facebook will keep Trump's suspension in place until 2023 and tighten the leash on all politicians
Laura Clawson

Donald Trump won’t become eligible for reinstatement on Facebook until two years after his initial suspension, the social media company announced Friday, and Trump will only be reinstated at that point “if the risk to public safety has receded.” This leaves Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended until at least January 7, 2023. He was originally suspended indefinitely, but Facebook’s Oversight Board said “it was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension,” prompting the company to specify the two-year plan.

When Trump becomes eligible for possible reinstatement, ”We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, said in a statement. “When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.”
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January 2023 is an interesting time to consider Trump’s future on social media, because … well, this:



Nonetheless it’s a striking statement: Facebook continues to see Donald Trump as a a threat to public safety.

In a statement, Trump grumped that the continuing suspension was “an insult,” saying “They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!”

Trump, of course, can combat efforts to silence him by going on Fox News, One America News, Newsmax, any of dozens of heavily listened right-wing podcasts, or his own blog. Well, not that last one. He had to shut it down because it was such a failure. It’s amazing, really, how irrelevant Trump has become, even as Republicans cling to him, trying to twist Congress to his wishes and using their power in Arizona to try to delegitimize the 2020 election in that state. But give him back his big platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and the threat very much returns.

Facebook’s announcement on Trump’s fate was accompanied by a shift in how the social media company will deal with politicians more generally. “Under Facebook’s new policies, posts made directly by politicians still won’t be subject to review by the company’s network of independent fact checkers. But they will for the first time be opened up to enforcement against more rules for things like bullying that Facebook’s moderators apply to other users,” The Verge reported. According to ArsTechnica, “the new policy could represent a marked shift from Facebook’s stance toward politicians over the last several years.” We’ll believe that Facebook is really enforcing its rules evenhandedly when we see it, but if the company does significantly change how much leeway it gives politicians, even if Trump is reinstated in 2023, he could be returning to a very different platform.

For now, though, everyone point and laugh at the guy who lost his election, his Twitter account, and his Facebook account. He hates it when you do that.
 

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Crybaby Trump's Bizarre, Incoherent Response to Facebook's Two Year Suspension
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There is nothing more predictable than a childish, knee-jerk temper tantrum by Donald Trump whenever his always simmering state of victimhood is triggered. It's the textbook behavior of a narcissistic snowflake who is consumed by paranoia and by what he perceives as persecution. For Trump, the specter of scheming adversaries is ever-present.

On Friday morning Facebook announced that they are extending Trump's indefinite suspension to a two year term. Facebook originally suspended Trump on January 7, 2021, after the Capitol Hill riots by his insurrectionist brigades. His blatant incitement of the violence and loving embrace of the rioters was finally too much for Facebook to overlook:

"'Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,' Facebook’s head of global affairs Nick Clegg said in the post."

Although there was abundant justification for making the suspension permanent, this is a start. It will keep him off of Facebook throughout the midterm elections, and will be revisited in January of 2023. Knowing Trump, he will likely earn himself a continuation of his sentence to social media purgatory.

Trump has already been permanently banned from Twitter. And his pathetic attempt to build his own "communications platform" was mercifully put to rest after less than a month due to near non-existence readership. But undeterred by popular rejection, Trump is still whining about his well-deserved exile:

"Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!"

HUH? Trump is boasting about the 75 million people who voted for him, which was actually closer to 74 million. Plus it was seven million fewer people than voted for Joe Biden, who won decisively. And what the heck does he mean by "plus many others"? Does his tally include votes from non-people?

Furthermore, Trump's garbled grammar appears to assert that the votes that he himself received were the result of the election being rigged. There's some truth to that considering that, despite his relentless and baseless charges, the only confirmed cases of election fraud were by Republicans voting for Trump.

Trump's statement closes with another of his pitifully impotent threats that his persecutors won't
"get away" with their evil schemes. Not only are his claims glaringly false, he has no authority to carry out his lust for vengeance.

So, in the end, he's still just an old man yelling at clouds. The problem is, some of his cult disciples are prone to violence, and could cause real harm. Which is why we need to remain vigilant and prepared to defend the American democracy that is currently in a fragile state.
 

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Conservatives still searching for someone to blame for COVID-19 deaths who isn't Donald Trump
Mark Sumner




A corollary to the scientific truism that “nature abhors a vacuum” is that nature tends to fill the void with any garbage near at hand.

For example, consider the surge of interest in the claim that the coronavirus reached the outside world through a release — accidental or deliberate — from a virus laboratory in Wuhan, China.

The “lab leak hypothesis,” as it’s known to virologists, is experiencing a heyday. Long dismissed by many experts, it’s now being taken more seriously as one of two general possibilities for COVID-19’s origin, along with the theory that the virus reached humans through contact with animal hosts…

The new speculation about the origins of COVID-19 has caused some stock-taking by the press, which is accused of ridiculing the lab-leak theory in all its manifestations during 2020 merely because it was promoted by President Trump.

That’s treated as another strike against the “liberal media” supposedly marching in lock-step to disdain conservatives. The mainstream press, wrote Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine, “took Donald Trump’s bait, answering the former president’s dissembling with false certainty of their own.”


What’s missing from all this reexamination and soul-searching is a fundamental fact: There is no evidence — not a smidgen — for the claim that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory in China or anywhere else, or that the China lab ever had the virus in its inventory. There’s even less for the wildest version of the claim, which is that the virus was deliberately engineered. There never has been, and there isn’t now.
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New study shows conservatives hear, and believe, far more fake news than liberals
Aldous J Pennyfarthing

This isn’t exactly earth-shattering news. Earth-shattering news would be Donald Trump getting a good night’s sleep for the first time in 10 years, realizing he’s been acting like a drunk pelican with a Hot Pocket stuck in his throat for most of this century, conceding the election, apologizing profusely to Joe Biden, and telling Eric (but not Junior) that he loves him.

But while this might not be that kind of news, it’s news nonetheless.

As Daily Kos reported this week, a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed 90% of Americans think they’re above average at spotting “fake news.” Yet another study published this week, this one from The Ohio State University, shows that—make sure you’re not far from your fainting couch now—conservatives are less able to distinguish real news from fantasy than liberals.
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While confirmation bias is a problem in all humans, including liberals, conservatives as a whole appear to be less discerning when it comes to sussing out true statements from the shovelfuls of offal served by Fox News, OAN, Newsmax, et al., on the daily.

Neuroscience News:

Conservatives are less able to distinguish political truths from falsehoods than liberals, mainly because of a glut of right-leaning misinformation, a new national study conducted over six months shows.
Researchers found that liberals and conservatives in the United States both tended to believe claims that promoted their political views, but that this more often led conservatives to accept falsehoods while rejecting truths.

“Both liberals and conservatives tend to make errors that are influenced by what is good for their side,” said Kelly Garrett, co-author of the study and professor of communication at The Ohio State University. “But the deck is stacked against conservatives because there is so much more misinformation that supports conservative positions. As a result, conservatives are more often led astray.”

There’s something akin to a classic chicken-and-egg problem going on here, of course. Are conservatives misinformed because they’re fed more bullshit, or because they’ve proven themselves far more willing to take that bullshit, pretend it’s gruyère, and fold it into a frittata? Personally, I think it’s the latter.

The study, originally published in the journal Science Advances, surveyed 1,204 Americans between January and June 2019—before a brimming barge of bullshit led to the smearing of actual shit in the sacred halls of the U.S. Capitol.

Over the course of the study, researchers collected viral political news stories, half of which were true and half false. They then asked participants to evaluate statements based on those stories. The study found that both liberals and conservatives were susceptible to confirmation bias, being more likely to believe stories that reflected well on their side.


For instance, one statement that study participants evaluated was, “While serving as Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia, selling 20% of the U.S. uranium supply to that country in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation.”

That’s false, and only 2% of Democrats believed it. But fully 41% of Republicans did, even though it’s been debunked numerous times and those fact checks are widely available online. But right-wing media blasted that conspiracy theory out on the regular, and since it involved Hillary Clinton, of course they believed it.

While the study authors concede that Republicans may be more likely to be fooled by bullshit because there’s simply more conservative bullshit out there (“46% of falsehoods were rated as advantageous to conservatives, compared to 23% of false claims benefiting liberals”), they also found that “even when the information environment was taken into account, conservatives were slightly more likely to hold misperceptions than were liberals.”


Why? Garrett isn’t sure. But maybe it’s simply because liberals tend to be more intellectually honest.

The study found that conservatives and liberals were equally as adept at distinguishing fact from fiction in stories that were rated as politically neutral, but when the stories were political in nature, liberals became better at spotting fake news than their conservative counterparts. Conservatives also had a greater “truth bias”—i.e., they were more likely to label all the claims they heard as “true.” Because, as we all know, if it’s on the internet, it must be real.

While conservatives really are deluged with more fake news, that may also have to do with their inability to discern real news organizations from unreliable (i.e., fake) ones. For instance, they might want to reevaluate why a pillow man with a sputtering website should be given the same credence as The Washington Post. Just a thought.

“We show that the media environment is shaping people’s ability to do this very basic, fundamental task,” Garrett told Neuroscience News. “Democracy depends on people being able to tell the difference between what is true and false and it falters when people have difficulty agreeing on what’s real.”


Gee, ya think?

Of course, it doesn’t help when the leader of your party is actually a cult leader who swallows more conspiracy theories in a day than Krispy Kremes. But then an ability to distinguish fact from fiction would have instantly alerted Republicans to the fact that Donald Trump is more fictional than real, so they could move on … and as we all know, that still hasn’t happened.
 

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As Trump plans raucous summer comeback tour, allies fret he'll sound exactly as delusional as he is
Kerry Eleveld

Allies of Donald Trump are reportedly freaking out over his triumphant return to the public spotlight Saturday with an address the North Carolina Republican Party, according to CNN.

Try as they might, Trump’s circle of aides and confidants can't seem to pry him loose from the tentacles of delusion strangling whatever remains of his mind. Trump's obsession with his 2020 election loss is total. He's glommed onto the bogus audit in Arizona and potentially more states as a gateway to proving he was the ultimate victor. And as previously reported by The New York Times, CNN confirms Trump is 100% bought into the fantastical notion that he'll be reinstated as commander-in-chief. His steady diet of the conspiracy outlet

One America News isn't helping matters.
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All of this has his GOP allies a little worried as he kicks off what is expected to be rollicking summer season of campaign-style rallies. Party leaders were hoping Trump would focus his speeches on maligning President Joe Biden and the policies he has put in place. But guess what—Trump isn’t interested in policy! Gosh, what a revelation.

Sources familiar with Trump's thinking describe him as bored by the issues his advisers wish he would focus on -- from threats to America's energy infrastructure to increased inflation and other economic concerns. He is so obsessed with his unsuccessful quest for reelection, one ex-Trump official said, that he has been moving himself toward irrelevance.
"It's like a slow leak of a balloon that is now laying on the floor," is how the ex-Trump official described it.

What a shame.

Republicans' big worry is that Trump getting all wound up in his fever dreams about reinstatement will hobble their efforts to retake control of Congress in 2022. If only they had known Trump was a loose cannon back in January—but who could have seen it coming?

Anyway, there's apparently been an all-hands-on-deck effort to steer Trump away from devoting the bulk of his speech to 2020 and “Stop the Steal” that has involved Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Fox News host Sean Hannity, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and others.

But if Trump's new push for a bogus audit in Pennsylvania is any indication, the GOP's A-team operatives aren't exactly breaking through.



Thus, the GOP fretting as Trump preps for his summer comeback tour.

"The conspiracy theories and election fraud rhetoric are helpful for keeping a certain audience engaged but they do virtually nothing to move other voters -- especially those who care about pocketbook issues -- into our column," said one person close to Trump.

Yep, that's certainly the hope!
 

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Vladimir Putin Joins Trump and FOX News to Defend the Capitol Insurrectionists
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From the earliest days of Donald Trump's entry into presidential politics, he was closely associated with Vladimir Putin and Russia. He had financial dealings prior to announcing his candidacy. He famously, and publicly, begged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails. And his collusion, or at least knowing tolerance of, Russia aiding his campaign was well documented.

Apparently the relationship between Putin and Trump is still in tact.. On Friday Putin spoke at an economic forum in St. Petersburg. He discussed a range of topics including the upcoming summit with President Biden. It's a summit for which Sean Hannity of Fox News has already begun trying to sabotage Biden. During Putin's remarks he also addressed the Capitol Hill riots staged by Trump insurrectionists. Reuters reports that...

"[Putin] spoke critically of the U.S. response to the Capitol attack, which took place as Congress prepared to certify that Biden had defeated then President Donald Trump in the November election.
'They weren’t just a crowd of robbers and rioters. Those people had come with political demands,' he said.
"Putin pointed out that the heavy charges against hundreds of participants in the attack were filed even as the U.S. and its allies strongly criticized Belarus’ crackdown on anti-government protests."

Really? Putin is apparently getting his talking points straight from Trump, Fox News, and/or the Republican Party. His position is identical to that of Trump who told Fox News that the rioters posed "zero threat" as they strolled through the Capitol "hugging and kissing the police." Putin agrees with Republicans like Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Paul Gosar, who insist that the January 6th riots were entirely peaceful and comprised of ordinary tourists. And Putin could sit in for Tucker Carlson, who dishonestly portrayed the rioters as decent protesters.

The absurdity of Putin's remarks extend beyond the obvious lies casting Trump's violent thugs as concerned citizens. There is also the flagrant hypocrisy considering Putin's record of disregard for civil liberties and suppression of dissidents. A prominent Putin critic, Alexei Navalny, recently survived an assassination attempt by poison, and he is currently in prison. When Navalny's supporters took to the the streets in protest, Putin had them rounded up and jailed by the thousands. He is not exactly an authoritative voice on these matters.

Nevertheless, Putin is now aligned with Trump and Fox News in spreading the same propaganda about January 6th. It's a confederacy of like-minded totalitarians, all committed to the same brand of lies. And Putin's participation only clarifies just how destructive and anti-American the Trump/Fox News cabal has been all along.
 

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Trumpy Man who's concerned that vaccine was too rushed gives Trump all the credit for rushing it
Aldous J Pennyfarthing

Some day, when Donald Trump is made king of the MAGA States of America—a commonwealth of the kingdom of the mole people, where he will reign over the primeval subterranean realms for a millennium, or until a hunk of Cool Ranch snackin’ lard gets lodged in his aorta, whichever comes first—people like this will be out of our lives forever.

Until then, we can only gape and guffaw.

I’d always wondered about the kind of mind that could simultaneously believe Trump deserves all the credit for developing the COVID-19 vaccines while also believing that the vaccines are part of a sinister plot to surreptitiously implant nanobots that will make all red-blooded Republican men want to go antiquing with Armistead Maupin and his boyfriend before spending the remainder of the afternoon sipping cosmos at an adorable sidewalk French cafe. Or whatever the conspiracy theory is this week. Maybe the vaccine just makes your balls fall off. Frankly, in many cases, that would be an acceptable side effect.

Then there’s this guy, who ratchets the cognitive dissonance up to 11:



And … scene.

Take a bow, Trumpy Man. Those were some mental gymnastics worthy of Simone Biles.

I fear for our country as long as people like this walk among us. This is why Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema need to suck it up and get election reform and infrastructure passed—because there’s simply no reasoning with the unreasonable, and if we don’t act now, the unreasonable will soon have a hammerlock on our democracy.
 
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  • Former White House counsel Don McGahn testified Friday before the House Judiciary Committee.
  • The testimony related to former President Donald Trump's response to the Mueller investigation.
  • New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler said McGahn "was clearly distressed" by Trump's behavior


 
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Wait, now our Arizona voter info is in a secluded Montana cabin?
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Nothing to see here, just that some portion of Arizona’s voter information (we don’t know which portions and they ain’t saying) has found its way to a “secure lab” that turns out to be a cabin south of Big Fork, Montana. It’s a gorgeous area, beautiful lakes and mountains, just not where I’d expect to find data from the 2020 Arizona election.

A contractor hired by the Arizona Senate is reviewing Maricopa County's 2020 election data from an undisclosed location in Montana, with no oversight from state or county officials.
Ben Cotton, founder of tech firm CyFIR, a Senate subcontractor, made copies of the county’s election server and other election data and then drove the copies to a “secure lab” in Montana, according to Senate liaison Ken Bennett.

That lab is a cabin. One thing the Arizona Republic article makes clear is that nothing is clear: What kind of information is there? Why is it there? When is it coming back? Who has access to it? What safeguards are in place to protect it? Just what the holy friggin’ hell is going on? What couldn’t be done here? Either the Senate doesn’t know or they, Cyber Ninjas, and Ben Cotton aren’t saying. Like everything else connected to this shindig—funding, recruitment, procedures—we’re in the dark.

The public wouldn’t know any of this except that an observer for the Secretary of State’s Office heard a rumor and asked the question. Spokesperson Bennett confirmed the Montana story but provided no details. Shit’s gotta stop. DOJ? Bueller? Anyone?

And get this: Yesterday three legislators from Pennsylvania visited the Arizona circus and said they “absolutely” must bring the giant money-making scheme to the Keystone State. Yeah, because it’s going so well here. Just don’t be surprised when your PA records end up in rural Maine.


 
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