The Brew: Twitter Broke Own Rules to Censor Trump … as Hunter’s ‘Art’ Continues Selling for Six Figures
It’s Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Have the napkins ready because the new Twitter Files revelations may cause a few spit takes of your Brew.
New Twitter Files Bombshell: Twitter Silenced Trump After Pressure From Michelle Obama
Shocking revelations from the Twitter Files keep piling up. Saturday night we learned that under pressure from the likes of Michelle Obama, Twitter violated its own policies to permanently ban President Trump after January 6. To silence the leader of the free world.
Journalist Michael Shellenberger was given the task of releasing the 4th batch of Twitter files. This one concentrating on the silencing of Trump. How Twitter “create[d] justifications to ban Trump … [sought] a change of policy for Trump alone, distinct from other political leaders” and “…express[ed] no concern for the free speech or democracy implications of a ban.”
Here’s the thread:
1. TWITTER FILES, PART 4
The Removal of Donald Trump: January 7
As the pressure builds, Twitter executives build the case for a permanent ban
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) December 10, 2022
Maybe you’re thinking “Well, January 6 was an extraordinary event. It would deserve an extraordinary response.” The problem with that is the third Twitter File drop Friday night. There we learned just how tightly Twitter was in “partnership” with the FBI, DHS and Intelligence Community to quash election “misinformation” before the election. Or to be more nuanced, they were in cahoots to filter and control information about the 2020 election in order to shape that election. For example, Trump’s warnings on Twitter that mail-in balloting was making for a “rigged election.”
Twitter, led by Trump-hating Twitter executive Yoel Roth, were determined to pin violations on Trump.
Conservative Treehouse has a nice breakdown.
This was no bipartisan exercise. The files show that election conspiracy theories coming from the left were not censored or blocked.
“Misinformation” in the context of the 2020 election meant just one thing: any resistance to the organized effort to remove Donald Trump. Labeling critics this way was part of the plan from the beginning. Go back and read Time magazine’s “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.” Quashing “misinformation” was one of the methods of “fortifying” the election against a Trump victory.
Next Up, Twitter’s Censorship of COVID-Related Information
Elon Musk is promising the next Twitter Files release will involve the censorship of COVID-19-related information. He then offered this shot across the bow: “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci.”
My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2022
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2022
Hunter Biden’s Artwork Selling for $225,000 at New Exhibition
Wanna buy someone you love political influence at the White House for Christmas? Now’s your chance! Hunter Biden has a new art exhibition in SoHo, where his paintings are selling for between $55,000 and $225,000.
They say the buyers are anonymous. But as George W. Bush’s ethics chief Richard Painter told Fox News last year, “It’s going to be very clear with people in the know as to who buys Hunter Biden’s art. The question is, are the American people going to know? The White House should insist on complete transparency.”
As modern artwork goes, Hunter’s paintings aren’t wretched. But nobody’s paying $55,000 for a new artist, let alone a quarter of a million dollars. People are paying six figures for Hunter’s paintings for the same reason Burisma paid him millions to sit on their board.
The only question is whether Hunter is giving 10% of the sales to “The Big Guy.”
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Kevin McCarthy Vows to Subpoena the 51 Intelligence Honchos Who Lied About Hunter’s Laptop
When the Hunter laptop story broke weeks before the 2020 election, 51 of the top intelligence officials from the Obama and Bush administrations published a letter saying the story had all the earmarks of being “Russian misinformation.” These 51 knew two things.
First, there was zero evidence the laptop wasn’t legit.
Second: The media and Biden campaign wouldn’t care and would use that letter as “proof” to dismiss the story. “Five former heads of the CIA!” bellowed Biden during his debate when challenged by Trump.
These officials, starting with Trump Russia Collusion hoaxters John Brennan and James Clapper, abused their authority to undermine the 2020 election. In a sane country they’d already be locked away as traitors. But these days we do sanity the way the Sahara does snowball fights.
In a step towards sanity, Kevin McCarthy is vowing the 51 will be subpoenaed after the GOP takes over the House in January. Especially in light of the FBI’s collusion with Twitter to stomp out the story.
“Why did they sign it?” he wants to know. “Why did they lie to the American public?”
Small Victories: Judge Orders Columbus Statue in Philly Uncovered
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ordered the city of Philadelphia to uncover its statue of Christopher Columbus. Philly’s woke Mayor Jim Kenney ordered the statue covered in plywood after the statue became a target during the George Floyd riots. Called it a “public safety issue.”
(Here’s an idea, pal. Don’t box up the statue. Lock up the rioters.) The city was sued by the Friends of Marconi Plaza, who are fighting Kenney’s efforts to get rid of the statue.
“As a proud Citizen of Philadelphia, I am delighted that both Judge Patrick of the Court of Common Pleas and the Judges of the Commonwealth Court have boldly reaffirmed that the rule of law still matters,” attorney George Bochetto said on behalf of the group. “That we are not a society ruled by cancel culture mobs. That all ethnic groups can proudly protect and honor their diverse heritages.”
As my grandmother would say, “Bene, bene.”
Along The Stream
John Zmirak kicks off the week with a crucial one. “I Renounce ‘Christian Nationalism’ and All Its Dog-Whistle Fraudulent Connotations.” The first sentence includes a rare phrase for him: “I was mistaken.”
And for some seasonal uplift, check out Mark Judge’s “A Christmas Miracle: Jesus Freed Me From Drinking.”
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GETTR, Gab, Parler, and now at TRUTH Social.