One would hope that when a Christian clergyman invites a Muslim minister to share the sanctuary, it would be a good thing. You know, a show of harmony and brotherly love. That is how men of the cloth are supposed to be.
But not when the men a Chicago’s radical show-boating Catholic priest, Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church, and the guest of (dubious) honor is the Nation of Islam’s bombastic, racist and antisemitic Louis Farrakhan.
The reason for the invitation is ironic. It seems that Facebook banned Farrakhan for his hateful sermons and speeches. Using that rationale, one might expect Pfleger to next invite the head of one of the white supremacist groups to preach to his predominantly black congregation. It would give hatred an equal opportunity.
Pfleger has long been a crown of thorns on the heads of the prelates of the Chicago archdiocese for decades – and the current incumbent, Cardinal Blase Cupich, has not been spared. In response to the appearance by Farrakhan, his eminence issued a statement of rebuke. In it, he said:
Without consulting me, Fr. Michael Pfleger invited Minister Louis Farrakhan to speak at St. Sabina Church in response to Facebook’s decision to ban him from its platforms. Minister Farrakhan could have taken the opportunity to deliver a unifying message of God’s love for all his children. Instead, he repeatedly smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander. He suggested that “Talmudic thought” sanctioned pedophilia and misogyny. He referred to Jewish people as “satanic,” asserting that he was sent by God to separate the “good Jews” from the “satanic Jews.”
Cupich went on to say:
Such statements shock the conscience. People of faith are called to live as signs of God’s love for the whole human family, not to demonize any of its members. This is all the more true of religious leaders, who have a sacred duty never to leverage the legitimacy of their ministry to heap blame upon a group of persons, and never to deploy inflammatory rhetoric, long proven to incite violence. Antisemitic rhetoric — discriminatory invective of any kind — has no place in American public life, let alone in a Catholic church. I apologize to my Jewish brothers and sisters, whose friendship I treasure, from whom I learn so much, and whose covenant with God remains eternal.
Pfleger, himself, has often been accused of preaching a racist gospel – raising the tropes of white privilege. Though a blue-eyed, blond-haired German, Pfleger preaches in the voice and style of the stereotypical black Baptist preacher. It is a put-on that he believes helps him relate to his flock. Does “pander” come to mind? It has always struck me as patronizing – sort of a vocal version of blackface.
if you are curious about Pfleger’s style and his politics you can take in his defense of then-candidate Barack Obama. It has been these kinds of political endorsements from the pulpit that have raised questions of the Church’s tax-exempt status.
The one thing Pfleger and Farrakhan have in common is using a supposedly religious platform to advance narrow partisan political views. They are not the first to use religious ministry to promote their political views. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made a very successful and lucrative career doing just that. And it does not only come from the left. Televangelist Pat Robertson has plowed those fields from the right. But none of them have risen to the level of Pfleger and Farrakhan in provoking animus in the name of godly love.
Like others of the breed, Pfleger and Farrakhan have passionate followers who have kept them in their respective pulpits. There were times when it appeared that the Archbishop of Chicago would reassign Pfleger – especially since he has been at St. Sabina’s much longer than the rules generally permit. He has been previously rebuked, but never replaced – and even in the aftermath of this egregious performance, it is unlikely that Cupich will have the testicular fortitude to do so.
So, there ‘tis.
Who could ever have imagined that the “CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE” where the First Continental Congress convened on September 5th 1774, at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has apparently become an indoctrination camp for pint-sized future terrorists?
A chilling video just uncovered shows young children wearing Palestinian attire singing “Jihadist” songs, in one disturbing lyric, the children perhaps about ten years of age and younger praise the “blood of martyrs,” a reference to suicide bombing. In another passage, the children sing in harmony about “chopping off heads,” martyrdom and “defending Palestine with our bodies.”
The disturbing video came to light (since deleted), after the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI), reported it on Friday appearing on the Facebook page of the Muslim American Society Islamic Center showing children wearing Palestinian garb and singing Jihadist songs.
Several other videos have also been uploaded on the social media sight in celebration of a Muslim holiday called “Ummah Day, translation the word “ummah” references the worldwide Muslim community.
This particular video clip was apparently uploaded to the center’s Facebook page on April 22, along with other video’s showcasing children making presentations that represented other Muslim countries.
MEMRI downloaded the troubling video and reposted it with subtitles in English translating the Jihadist songs which encourages beheadings while praising suicide bombers.
In one passage the children sing in harmony, “Glorious Steeds Call Us and Lead Us onto Paths Leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque – The Blood of Martyrs Protects Us”
After they sing that stanza another child then narrates; “Those who accept humiliation – what is the point in their existence? Those who reject oppression are the ones who assert their existence, and they eliminate the injustice from the land of the Arabs.”
The children once again Sing, “Rebels! Rebels! Rebels! Glorious steeds call us and lead us onto paths leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us. Paradise needs real men!”
Another child once again narrates; “The land of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey is calling us. Our Palestine must return to us. Oh Saladdin, your men are among us, shame will be washed away!”
Another young girl seen in the clip chants, “Our martyrs sacrificed their lives without hesitation.”
Moments later another girl adds, “We will defend the land of divine guidance (Palestine) with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation.”
Adding, “We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
One child wears a t-shirt showing a map of Palestine on which Israel has been eliminated.
No doubt we’ve seen these types of horrific video’s of children being exploited, learning to hate and pledging their loyalties as jihadists, however those videos originate within the those terrorist camps hidden somewhere within the Middle East not on America’s “Main Street” in the heart of Philadelphia where the Liberty Bell resides, and where our nation was born.
In a statement posted on their Facrbook page on Saturday, the Muslim American Society Islamic Center attempted to explain-away the video indoctrinating children into the world of jihad stating, “Not all songs were properly vetted.” Adding: “This was an unintended mistake and an oversight in which the center and the students are remorseful.” Later, the Center also posted a statement from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), in which the organization “reaffirmed its condemnation of any and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”
Perhaps someone from Homeland Security should pay a visit to the center and inquire what exactly was the “oversight” referenced? Putting out an anti-American indoctrination video publicly recruiting children to perhaps be the terrorists of tomorrow or being exposed as being a terrorist organization masquerading itself as a civil rights group?
Hundreds of working-class Austrians – with real roots to the nation’s culture and customs – have expressed to one of the most popular newspapers their opinions on mass migration, with many saying that they’re feeling like outsiders in their own country.
The comments came in reaction to national populist Vice Chancellor and Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) Chairman Heinz-Christian Strache’s remarks on the idea of ‘population replacement, and in response to an opinion piece in Kronen Zeitung that agreed that demographic changes are real but which disparaged Stache’s word choice as a ‘conspiracy theory’
Kronen Zeitung decided to republish a few of the comments made on that opinion article with many individuals expressing that they felt that mass migration had changed the country so much that they felt incredibly alienated.
One Kronen Zeitung reader wrote, “On the streets, in the public transport and the municipal buildings: We feel like foreigners in our home.”
Another comment read, “In our elementary school out of consideration for foreign cultures no more excursions are made, the diet is adapted to religious wishes, the violence of the foreign elementary school boys is frightening,” while another person observed, “Foreign-language parents with their children do not bother to speak our language… It’s sad, but one doesn’t feel well anymore.”
Another expressed, “The mood in our condominium has deteriorated so much that we (65 and 68) are ready to move away to finally be able to live in peace again.”
Early this year, a physician and former MP from Austrian People’s Party spoke with a local Austrian television station about Austrian girls having to wear headscarves in order to prevent street harassment and assault by male Muslim migrants.
In the interview, he stated, “Speak with women on the street, speak with children, speak with young girls. I myself know fathers who, when their daughters come home in the evening when they live in the problem area, give them headscarves so they won’t be recognized as Austrians. I know this personally, in the 15th district of Vienna, this is a fact.”
In October of 2017, Kronen Zeitung reported that two classrooms in Austria – in the cities of Klagenfurt and Villach – had become the very first in the entire country’s school system to have classes were not one school child speaks German as their native language.
In 2016, going against advice from the Education Ministry, Viennese school director Andrea Walach warned of a ‘lost generation’ of migrant-background children at her school due to their difficulty learning German. Walach estimated that as many as a third of those unable to speak good German would – as a result – have their educational and future job prospects highly limited, and would thus need to rely on further financial support from the state.
But it’s not only Austrians who are feeling alienated in their own country due to mass immigration. This seems to be going on all throughout the western world.
For example, in the United States, the Washington Post and Humans of New York revealed that native English-speaking people from the country’s working class were also feeling alienated and isolated because their workplaces have become increasingly dominated by non-English speaking immigrants.
The world of sports and the presidency of Donald Trump have collided in yet another example of modern racial divisiveness. I have long held that the VAST majority of Americans are not racists and get along very well in all walks of life. From time to time I feel obligated to quote from the manuscript of a book I am just competing as a backdrop to opining on the most current racially charged event. To wit:
“If we take a fresh look at America, we might just discover that we are not a nation of racists after all, but rather the victims of racial baiting by politicians and the mainstream media. We should keep in mind that billions of times every day … yes, billions … black and white Americans smile and nod to each other as we pass on the streets. We serve each other in restaurants and stores. We work side-by-side in factories and offices. We do favors for each other. We come to each other’s aid. We cheer alongside each other on both sides of every sports arena. We play on the same teams. We chat on social media. We die alongside each other in battle. We become lifelong friends. We adopt each other. We fall in love and marry each other. We laugh together at the same movies and we weep together at shared tragedies.”
Despite my generally positive view of the American people – of all backgrounds — I do recognize a disturbing growing tension being promoted in the name of identity politics with a subtext of political race-baiting. The cause is easily identified. As a political strategy, the Democratic Party is working overtime to convince the black community that Republicans and white folks are racists and that they are the victims of society-wide oppression. In fact, examples of racial hostility pale compared to the overwhelming examples of racial harmony – but that is not the narrative Democrats so callously proffer.
The Democrats’ toxic racial strategy promotes highly publicized examples of divisiveness – as well as the interpreting of benign events as racially charged. Even if racist incidents are miniscule in number and are not representative of the general population as seen in everyday life, they do garner undeserved publicity – which, in turn, convinces folks that the extremist view of racism in America is the norm.
The Democrats false, but pervasive, narratives of pandemic racism – as a divide-to-conquer political strategy — has imposed racism into virtually every aspect of American life. The most recent example comes from Bean City, U.S.A. – Boston. Sadly, it involves a feature of American life that was once –and should be – a respite from the serious issues of the day. Of course, I am referring to sports.
Sports are entertainment. It is composed of games. It is America’s pastime – something we enjoy apart from our more serious concerns of the day. Not so anymore.
The latest manifestation of the everything-is-about-race mentality has to do with the tradition of inviting championship teams to the White House for an Oval Office celebration. These have always been among the least political occasions at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Following tradition, President Trump invited the 2018 World Series winning Boston Red Sox to the White House – along with the coaching staff. The invitation had nothing to do with politics or race. It could have been an example to the nation that there are a lot of things we can share without tiptoeing into the murky waters of politics.
Unfortunately, half the team decided to snub the President. They decided that politics was more important than this nonpartisan occasion. More important than recognition for winning the World Series. More important than the sport of baseball. More important than the young people who love the sport. This had to be yet another occasion when individuals decided to let their political prejudices take dominance over the purpose of the White House gathering.
At last count, all the black members of the team have rejected the invitation and all the white members are going to attend. Coach Alex Cora, of Puerto Rico, will also demur – assumedly over the alleged treatment of his island home by the Trump administration.
This is the kind of shabby action that has resulted from the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement. Nothing related to Trump can be acceptable – nothing. It is a result of a racist policy that has dishonestly pitted all people of color (which includes Hispanics, Asians and anyone with a skin tone darker than a California beach bum) against white America – especially white males with those “toxic genes.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was saddened to see the Red Sox protest break so starkly on racial lines. He wished that at least one of the white players would have joined in the protest to make it more bipartisan. Of course, Joe could have conversely wished that at least one of the black players would have decided to attend the White House ceremony. I suspect that Scarborough would have liked to have had ALL the white players refuse to attend. Ya think?
If they want to have sports be for everyone, then they should respect everyone by not using a social occasion to express political views. The black players who have decided to stay home may believe that their insult is surgically directed at Trump, but, in fact, they are insulting those millions of Americans who are not part of the Resistance Movement. They are corrupting the sport, itself. And they are wrong if they believe that their action draws positive attention to racial issues or wins over new supporters for a civil rights agenda. Au contraire.
They have unnecessarily offended many fair-minded people and further widened the racial divide. They have set back the cause of civil rights by aggravating and misrepresenting the issue.
Red Sox officials assured the country that the difference in viewpoint did not create tension in the locker room. Each side respected the decision of the other. While that sounds like an obligatory public relationship statement, I am dubious. I cannot help but believe that the black players are not disappointed to see their white teammates reject their protest. And I cannot help but believe that the white players do not harbor some resentment for creating a sidebar controversy that diminishes both the event and the team’s achievement.
We have seen the same twisted thinking with the presentation of the Medal of Freedom to a man of color, golfer Tiger Woods – indisputably the greatest living golfer and one of the greatest of all time. But because the medal was presented by Trump, many Democrats and black leaders were appalled. There was chagrin that Woods did not reject the honor. It was the old traitor-to-his-race mentality.
Woods was as worthy of the honor as any past recipient – and more so than some. Had the honor been bestowed by President Obama, the same said critics would have cheered both Obama and Woods for respectively bestowing and accepting of the honor.
It has been more than two years since Trump was elected President of the United States, and yet the hostility to that reality emanating from the left has continued unabated. In fact, it may be getting worse.
I have spent a lifetime in support of civil rights and economic opportunities for minorities – especially the oppressed by long-empowered Democrat political machines in our great urban centers. But I do not admire the politicization of everything. If the black players wanted to make a positive statement about the sport of baseball and the country that invited it, they would be heading to the White House.
So, there ‘tis.
In a scathing letter to the Department of Justice, White House Counsel Emmet Flood, tore into Robert Mueller and his investigators, telling AG William Barr that the Special Counsel’s team included “political statements” in their Russia report and “failed” to act as traditional prosecutors — while stating President Trump reserves his right to invoke executive privilege on matters related to the report.
In the April 19 letter to the Justice Department obtained recently by Fox News, White Flood laid out a series of concerns with the Mueller report, specifically on the team’s handling of the investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice.
“The Special Counsel and his staff failed in their duty to act as prosecutors and only as prosecutors,” Flood wrote, complaining that the report “suffers from an extraordinary legal defect” by failing to comply with the “requirements of governing law.”
Mueller Was Making Political Statements Instead of Doing His Job
Flood raised concerns that the team did not reach a determination on the obstruction question while still going into great detail about the probe’s findings and including a pointed passage that stated the probe did not exonerate the president. That passage read, “The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Flood noted prosecutors “simply are not in the business of establishing innocence” and described these and other quotes and summaries made by Mueller in the report as “political statements.”
In the letter, which was sent the day after the redacted version of the Mueller report was made public, Flood said, “the one thing the Special Counsel’s Office, (SCO) was obligated to do is the very thing the SCO — intentionally and unapologetically — refused to do. The SCO made neither a prosecution decision nor a declination decision on the obstruction question.” Flood complained that the report was instead “laden with factual information that has never been subjected to adversarial testing or independent analysis.”
He also said Mueller “produced a prosecutorial curiosity,” describing the report as “part ‘truth commission’ report and part law school exam paper.”
Flood, also maintained in the letter that Trump’s waiving executive privilege on the report does not constitute a blanket waiver, and he still has the right to invoke such privilege.
The letter comes as a defiant White House has signaled it intends to vigorously oppose subpoenas that might run up against executive privilege, a power sanctioned by the Supreme Court that allows the president and members of the executive branch to shield certain internal communications from disclosure, absent a compelling overriding justification.
In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Richard Neal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has denied the Committee’s request for President Trump’s tax returns, saying the request lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose.”
“As you have recognized, the Committee’s request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers,” the letter read.
Mnuchin told the Massachusetts Democrat he relied on the advice of the Justice Department. He concluded that the department was “not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information.”
Mnuchin’s letter continued, “The Department of Justice has informed us that it intends to memorialize its advice in a published legal opinion as soon as practicable. Out of respect for the deadlines previously set by the Committee, and consistent with our commitment to a prompt response, I am informing you now that the Department may not lawfully fulfill the Committee’s request.”
The Battle for Trump’s Tax Returns Continues
In the ongoing chess match for the release of the president’s tax returns that have been going on since he declared his candidacy, Mnuchin’s move was not unexpected. However, it is now sure to set in motion a legal battle over Trump’s tax returns. The likely options available to Democrats would be to subpoena the Internal Revenue Service for the returns or to file a lawsuit.
Neal originally demanded access to Trump’s tax returns in early April under a law that said the IRS “shall furnish” the returns of any taxpayer to a handful of top lawmakers, including the chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
The White House and the president’s attorneys declined to comment on the deadline to turn over Trump’s returns. Trump already has signaled he has no intention of turning over the much-coveted records.
The president has long told confidants that he was under audit and therefore could not release his taxes. But in recent weeks, anonymous White House sources told the Associated Press that Trump has added to the argument, telling his advisers that the “American people elected me once without seeing my taxes and would do so again…”
As Democratic lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee have called on Robert Mueller to testify before them as soon as May 15, President Trumps says that the Special Counsel should not testify, because Democrats are not entitled to a “do over.”
In a scathing tweet the president said, “After spending more than $35,000,000 over a two year period, interviewing 500 people, using 18 Trump Hating Angry Democrats & 49 FBI Agents – all culminating in a more than 400 page Report showing NO COLLUSION – why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify.”
Trump continued, “Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!”
The request for Mueller to testify is to supposedly clarify what exactly he objected to in Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the report. We now know that Mueller wrote Barr a letter objecting to that summary. House Democrats say that Mueller was upset with the way Barr summarized the “principal conclusions” of his report in his four-page memo. Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee saying that what Mueller objected to was not the content of his memo, but the way the media was positioning it.
Barr refused to testify before the House Committee, and may be held in contempt of Congress for doing so.
Issues With the Barr Memo
Barr’s four-page memo detailed 10 episodes that Democrats have argued amount to obstruction of justice by Donald Trump. But in his March 24 summary, Barr stated that Mueller’s investigation found no conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia, and that he, along with then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, concluded that “the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
Mueller’s letter of March 27 apparently said that the memo “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions.” Mueller and Barr apparently further discussed the special counsel’s objections via phone, and Barr says it was in that phone call that Mueller explained that his objections were more about the media coverage of his summation, than the context of the four-page memo.
Meanwhile, the battle between congressional Democrats and the Justice Department over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report has reached new levels of vitriol, as some on the left are calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to be physically dragged in to testify or even locked up for defying congressional subpoenas.
House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., over the weekend urged the panel to specifically pursue “inherent contempt,” calling for Barr to be arrested by the Sergeant at Arms and be physically brought before the committee to testify—a tactic reportedly not employed since the 1930s.
It does not take a professional pundit or life-long political analyst to know that all these early Democrat presidential candidate polls are meaningless. It is simply too early to even have the slightest clue who will emerge in the lead going into the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in the summer of 2020.
It is like calling a horse race from the starting gate. The early front-runners are often viewing horse hindquarters rather than the finish line. Anything can happen – as the recent Kentucky Derby proved.
But still, polls seem to create a compulsive desire to interpret them by the media – including, sadly, this commentator. So, let’s play the game.
While much is said about the scientific precision of modern polling – and we tend to accept the results as an accurate representation of reality. But then, how do we explain all those different results from different polls?
Polls taken before the official entrance of former Vice President Joe Biden had him in the lead with a plurality of approximately 39 percent – comfortably ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders, who was pulling around 30 percent.
Now that Biden is officially in, we can see the post-announcement number. In three polls, Biden scored 38, 44 and 45 percent respectively. Considering the margin of error, that would suggest that the former Veep essentially remained in the same place – with approximately two-thirds of the Democrat voters preferring someone other the Biden or just not able to make up their minds this early. Still, he is in the lead and a candidate can get to the nomination with a plurality against a large field. Good for old Joe.
What is interesting in these polls is that Sanders not only drops significantly from his earlier 30 percent – to 14 percent in one poll and 11 percent in another. Even more concerning for Sanders is in that he drops to third place – behind Senator Elizabeth Warren with 12 percent.
It seems that every poll has a different line up of the top five – the only candidates who count at this point. When asked who has the best chance of beating Trump, one poll gives the win, place and show position to Beto O’Rourke, Biden and Sanders respectively. In other polls, O’Rourke does not even squeeze into the top five.
One poll shows the top five to be Biden, Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker and Mayor Mike Buttigieg while another stacks them as Biden, Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg and Harris.
Currently, there are 22 Democrats running for the Democrat nomination. While the polling takes them all into consideration, the news media focuses on the top five – and occasionally puts up a mosaic of head shots of most of the other candidates. I say “most” because if you quickly count the mosaic, it rarely goes beyond 15 to 18. In other words, a whole bunch of Democrat candidates are non-existent to the press people.
But they are important since they are dividing up the potential vote into very small portions. The best way to analyze their importance is what happens to their few votes when they start dropping out. Individually, they will have very little impact, but collectively their voters will ultimately decide the nominee.
Since more than 50 percent of the votes across the board are going to the most radical left-wing candidates, Biden needs to hope and pray that not too many of the others drop out – especially Warren, Harris, Booker, Buttigieg and any number of the lessor left-wing one-percenters – such as former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Eric Swalwell and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. It is safe to assume that most of their voters are not likely to switch to Biden.
As in many races, it is not good to be in the lead coming out of the gate. Horse races and presidential races have a history of early leaders falling behind the pack as they get closer to the finish line. This season will be no different.
So, there ‘tis.
This Thursday afternoon, Facebook announced that it had banned a number of prominent figures in conservative media from all social media platforms owned by the tech giant.
InfoWars founder Alex Jones and conservative media personalities Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer have all been booted from the platform. Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the black nationalist Nation of Islam movement, also was banned.
The social media company headed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a public announcement on Thursday that it removed the accounts, fan pages, and group pages associated with these individuals from Facebook and Instagram after reexamining their content and activities on and off these platforms.
Alex Jones and his media outfit Infowars were banned from Facebook last August but had still maintained a presence of Instagram – a social media platform that’s also owned by Facebook. On Thursday, Facebook declared that Jones and Infowars would also be removed from Instagram.
In a statement given to Fox News, Facebook said, “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
A few of these individuals who fell under Facebook’s guidelines against ‘dangerous’ individuals and organizations, reacted to the ban on their respective accounts during the period of time between when Facebook officially announced the ban and when they actually deleted the accounts. On her Instagram, Laura Loomer rejected the notion that she at any time had violated the company’s terms of service, and appealed for people to follow her on a different platform, adding, “Looks like you guys will probably never hear from me again.”
Yiannopoulos also published a final post on Instagram.”
Paul Joseph Watson took to Twitter – a platform which he has yet to be banned from – to write, “In an authoritarian society controlled by a handful of Silicon Valley giants, all dissent must be purged.”
Yiannopoulos also published a final post on Instagram. He mentioned that Laura Loomer was making “thinly veiled suicide threats because of the way she has been treated” and encouraged her friends to check on her.
Apparently, Facebook executives had been holding discussions as to whether they should label these individuals as ‘dangerous’ and ban Alex Jones and InfoWars for some time before actually pulling the trigger.
Business Insider obtained email correspondences between Facebook executives who argued about whether or not they should scrub these people’s accounts.
At the time these things were being discussed, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business, “As this email correspondence shows, we continually monitor and review whether people are involved in organized hate on our platform. We’ve already taken down InfoWars’ Facebook Page, but Alex Jones has a network of presences online and we are evaluating how to appropriately enforce our policies against him as an individual. We’re committed to being diligent and will share an update when that process has run its course.”
Following the bans, Twitter saw a burst of outrage from conservatives and moderates alike who deemed the actions as evidence of blatant censorship ahead of the U.S. 2020 elections.
Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán has lauded Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and pre-eminent national populist leader Matteo Salvini, naming him Europe’s most important person just ahead of the Italian leader’s visit to Hungary this week.
The two national populist leaders – Orbán and Salvini – are scheduled to meet in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, on Thursday in what’s the most recent meeting between the two heads of state.
The two have become closer allies over the past year.
During an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa the night before the state visit, Prime Minister Orbán expressed his admiration of the League party’s Salvini.
When asked about the upcoming visit, Orban said, “Tomorrow, [Salvini] will arrive in a country where people see him as a friend… We share a common fate: both of us had to endure attacks.”
This isn’t the first time that Orbán has praised Salvini. In the past, he referred to the League’s leader as one of his ‘heroes’. In fact, during his interview with La Stampa, Orbán used the term again, saying that Salvini is “the hero who was the first to stop migration by sea, while we did the same on land.”
The Hungarian leader continued, saying, “Migration is the most important question history has confronted us with… foreseeable mass movements of people should be prevented if possible.”
This is why I think Salvini is the most important person in Europe today,” Orbán asserted.
Earlier this year, in March, Orbán’s national conservative and right-wing populist Fidesz party, was suspended from the European People’s Party (EEP) – an EU parliamentary voting bloc that claims to be ‘center-right’ – for a eurosceptic poster campaign which criticized President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and globalist billionaire George Soros.
Recently, the EPP’s leader Manfred Weber of Germany has declared, “The nationalists will be our enemies.”
During his interview with La Stampa, Orbán stated that he thought the EPP was committing ‘suicide’ by working alongside leftist parties in Europe. The Hungarian PM said, “Let’s not tie ourselves to the left. Let’s find another path: co-operation with Europe’s political right.”
Following Fidesz’s suspension from the EPP, the idea of forming an alliance between Salvini’s League party and other populist parties – including Orban’s party – was alluded to.
In the past, Orbán has stated, “Hungary is too small to enforce its opinion in Europe. Media, NGOs, universities in Europe are all against us and can destroy us. That’s why we need strong allies.”
It’s looking like Italy may be that ally.
The Hungarian Prime Minister has also lent his support to the possibility of an alliance between long-time national populist allies, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) and Italy’s League party, when Salvini visited Poland in January,