Unconstitutionally Silencing Trump
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
While unsympathetic about anything affecting Trump negatively because of enormous harm he inflicted on millions of people at home and abroad, I'm appalled about what's going on.
An unconstitutional US deep state campaign was launched against him.
It denied him a second term legitimately won, brazen election theft preventing it.
Suspension or banning him on social media platforms followed, along with blocking his campaign from emailing supporters.
This week, House impeachment on phony charges are coming in the waning days of his tenure.
A Senate trial may follow. If initiated, it may not begin until "Trump's term has expired — either one hour after its expiration on January 20, or twenty-five hours after its expiration on January 21," according to Senate Majority Leader McConnell.
It's unclear if Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts would agree to preside over the trial of a former US president.
Trump's final days in office are ending in ever greater tumultuous fashion than what's gone on up to now.
Below are the platforms that suspended, restricted or banned him — in all cases for phony reasons, not legitimate ones.
This action is a flagrant First Amendment breach.
Free expression is a fundamental right in the US and most other countries.
No matter how different from other views, they're permitted because that's what speech, media and academic freedom are all about.
Twitter permanently banned Trump's use of its platform.
Facebook banned his postings at least until post-January 20 inauguration of Biden/Harris.
Instagram did the same thing.
Reddit banned the subreddit group r/DonaldTrump.
Twitch disabled Trump's channel.
Shopify blocked two online stores affiliated with Trump, his organization's and campaign's merchandise site.
You Tube henceforth banned use of its platform for (legitimate) voter fraud and election claims it falsely calls misinformation.
Trump's Snapchat account was disabled indefinitely.
TikTok removed his comments considered violations to its guidelines.
Apple threatened to block use of Parlor from its App Store unless the platform creates a plan to moderate (aka censor) posted content.
Pinterest limited hashtags to pro-Trump topics like #StopTheSteal."
Trump's email service provider Campaign Monitor blocked emails to supporters, cutting off communications to them.
It's unclear if other service providers used by his campaign or emails blocked its access.
What shoe will drop next in the coming days and after Trump leaves office?
Clearly what's going on constitutes an unacceptable constitutional breach.
What's been done to Trump unlawfully can happened to anyone ahead.
Free and open expression are mortal enemies of misinformation, disinformation and hardline rule.
Whistleblowers and truth-telling journalists whose remarks expose the falsified official narrative are especially vulnerable to abuse.
US and other nominally open, free and fair societies risk greater transformation to police state enforced totalitarian rule than already.
Ongoing events in the US are more disturbing and frightening than previous time I recall since the 1930s.
Fundamental constitutional rights are disappearing in plain sight.
Replacing them is possible elimination of virtually everything just societies cherish — enforced with an iron fist.
If the present trend continues, fundamental freedoms may disappear altogether, truth-telling on vital issues criminalized, "offenders" prosecuted and imprisoned to silence them.
All of the above should energize freedom-loving people to mobilize and resist.
The alternative is dystopian hell.
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My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
"How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War"
"Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity"