Do you remember how Twitter was in 2016?
If there hadn’t been so much censorship after the 2016 election, what would the national political conversation sound like today? Censoring all the angry people doesn’t make them go away. There are many more of them now and they are significantly more radical than in 2016.
“(CNN) – Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s surprise retirement announcement Monday adds his name to a growing list of GOP establishment politicians who no longer recognize the party they represent and have decided to walk away rather than face the peril of losing their career at the hands of a Donald Trump-inspired base that views them a insufficiently loyal to the cause.
To date, five Republicans senators — Blunt, Richard Shelby (Alabama), Richard Burr (North Carolina), Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) and Rob Portman (Ohio) — have all announced that they will not seek another term next November. It’s not a coincidence that all five are considered remnants of the Republican Party of George W. Bush and have struggled to adjust to the new Trump-led GOP.
“The rash of GOP retirements, likely to avoid Trump madness in the primaries, shows you Trump still isn’t done destroying the party,” tweeted conservative commentator (and CNN contributor) Amanda Carpenter after Blunt’s retirement announcement. “Onwards we go.”
The trend is hard to dispute. …
The fleeing of the establishment has dovetailed with the rise of the Trump wing of the party — even in the Senate, which has always prided itself on being less reactive to the short-term changes within the party. …
Given the clear signals of where the GOP is — and where its heading — its uniquely possible that more retirements among Republican establishment Senators will come …”
We only hear from the Wokies now.
Their opposition has been gagged and banned from social media after the panic that followed Hillary’s loss in 2016. The polls show that the fire which the censorship was supposed to put out has blown up into a gigantic blaze. There has been a huge change over the past year and particularly since November. We don’t see it though because we don’t hear it on social media. We only see the numbers moving.
Just as an experiment, Twitter, Facebook and Google should let the censorship lapse for a week or two and unmute everyone. What is it really like out there underneath the distortion of social media created by the censorship? Is it really worse now than 2016 and as bad as the polls are suggesting?