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Trump Invites Consortium of Conservative Internet Trolls to The White House for 'Social Media Summit'

President Donald Trump with Charlie Kirk at the Generation Next White House forum in 2018.
President Donald Trump with Charlie Kirk at the Generation Next White House forum in 2018.
Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta (AP)

As a part of President Donald Trump’s latest crusade promoting his misleading and misguided theories that social media companies are discriminating against conservatives, the White House is hosting a “social media summit” that will assemble several conservative voices.

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Trump has been seething about social media since August 2018 when he first sent out a tweetstorm accusing social media of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.” In May his administration launched a web portal encouraging his supporters to vent about being censored on social media.

Washington Post reported on Tuesday that presidential aides said the event planned for July 11 will bring together “digital leaders” for discussion about “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” The Post reports the invitees consist of “tech’s top conservative critics in politics and media” who champion the position of breaking up large tech companies (an idea that many prominent Republicans and Democrats support).

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The Post revealed some of the organizations that were invited to attend the event—PragerU, the Heritage Foundation, the Media Research Center, and executive director of Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk.

PragerU chief marketing officer Craig Strazzeri told the Post that his organization was invited to the White House because of its lawsuit against Google, which claims YouTube censored PragerU because it prevented viewers who use restrictive mode from watching its videos about guns and Islam.

As Daily Beat reporter Will Sommer pointed out, Laura Loomer seems to be very disappointed that she was not invited, despite her various stunts to denounce social media companies that have banned her.

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Conservative social media shitposters Carpe Donktum and mad-liberals shared, what appear to be, invites from the White House, but it’s unclear if these invites are real or not. Bill Mitchell, one of Trump’s most outspoken supporters on social media, tweeted that he will be attending.

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Mitchel has spoken openly about his belief in Qanon on his program Your Voice America, in case you had any doubt that this strange gathering of internet luminaries will be rife with misguided conspiracy theories.

Former senior reporter at Gizmodo

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DaddyRoundRound
DaddyRoundRound

I’d like to take the opportunity to point out (even though I’m sure everyone knows it) that not only is Charlie Kirk a terrible grifter, he’s an even worse bootlicker. He recently boasted in a now-deleted tweet that if a Democrat is elected to the White House, the “record*” 121 straight months of economic growth will come to an end. Apparently this record 121 straight months must have started in 2001, ran through 2008 and skipped 2009 through 2016, before continuing (uninterrupted) from then on. Apparently Donald Trump is delivering on the economy, while Democrats will destroy it. Think how bad it is that he would have to delete that. Even his bootlicking followers had to catch on to the fact that those 121 straight months had to include almost the entirety of Obama’s presidency, otherwise he would have left it up.

*I put record in quotes because I have no idea if it is any sort of record, nor does it really mean anything if it is one. It was just his words.