Open Thread: Trump’s (Anti-) “Social Media (Not-) Summit”

For edutainment purposes / posterity only, since this is one of those social-media sites…

Actually, the invitation list seems to have been curated (as the Youngs say) with a certain level of craft: The real bottomfeeders and genuine crazies didn’t get invited, just those one-foot-in-each-camp opportunists who are too careless for Fox Media and too careful to get banned by the big platforms.

The White House hasn’t released a public list of attendees for the Thursday afternoon event, but a number of pro-Trump personalities have posted invitations on Twitter. They include Ali Alexander, a right-wing operative pushing a smear that Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) isn’t really “an American Black,” a pro-Trump “memesmith” who goes by the screenname “@CarpeDonktum,” and blogger Jim Hoft, whose Gateway Pundit blog frequently promotes hoaxes.

The invitee list also includes more traditional White House visitors, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and representatives from campus conservative group Turning Point USA and conservative YouTube channel PragerU. In an Instagram post, Turning Point executive Benny Johnson promised to use the conference to give Trump “dank meme ideas.”…

Notably, the group so far doesn’t appear to include anyone who has actually been banned from major social platforms, even though those bans have played a significant role in driving accusations on the right that the social giants are biased. Pro-Trump figures like anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and Proud Boys men’s group founder Gavin McInnes, for example, don’t appear to have been invited…

Of course, count on Infowars to show up anyway (and not get chased off):

L-R: Ali ‘Kamala’s Not Really Black’ Alexander, James ‘Breitbart’s Bastard Son’ O’Keefe III, TP-USA’s Charlie ‘Diaper Boy’ Kirk, and Gateway Pundit Jim ‘Dumbest Man on the Internet’ Hoft

And one more who couldn’t bear to stay away…


 
Notes from an actual journalist with the ‘nut graf‘ of the proceedings:



Happens to plenty of aging men, dude — talk to your urologist:

AP report:

The president used the event to air grievances over his treatment by Big Tech, but also to praise some of the most caustic voices on the right, who help energize Trump’s political base.

“Some of you guys are out there,” he told them. “I mean it’s genius, but it’s bad.”

Trump singled out for praise James O’Keefe, the right-wing activist whose Project Veritas organization once tried to plant a false story in The Washington Post. In May 2010, O’Keefe and three others pleaded guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor in a scheme in which they posed as telephone repairmen in Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans district office…

The meeting represented an escalation of Trump’s battle with companies like Facebook, Google and even his preferred communications outlet, Twitter, where he has an estimated 61 million followers. The president has claimed, without evidence, that the companies are “against me” and even suggested U.S. regulators should sue them on grounds of anti-conservative bias.

He announced Thursday that he is directing his administration to explore “all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free-speech rights of all Americans.”…

Among the other conservative organizations participating in the White House meeting were Turning Point USA, a nonprofit; PragerU, short for Prager University, which puts out short videos with a conservative perspective on politics and economics; the Media Research Center; and the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank…

[Big Social Media: What he’s selling, we’re not buying.]
Representatives for Facebook, Google and Twitter have declined to comment specifically on the White House meeting. The Internet Association, the industry’s major trade group representing Facebook, Google and dozens of other companies, said online platforms “are the best tool for promoting voices from all political perspectives in history.”

“Internet companies are not biased against any political ideology, and conservative voices in particular have used social media to great effect,” the group’s president Michael Beckerman said in a statement Thursday…

Or *some* kind of medical professional…

SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE…

And then: The Afterparty!:

Sad trombone post-credit scene:

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    AnderJ says:

    It used to be like a rocket shop when I put out a beauty

    Sounds like grandpa comments on his own farts

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    Actually, the invitation list seems to have been curated (as the Youngs say) with a certain level of craft: The real bottomfeeders and genuine crazies didn’t get invited, just those one-foot-in-each-camp opportunists who are too careless for Fox Media and too careful to get banned by the big platforms.

    Wait, wait, wait, STOP! The nutjobs they let in was the result of a SCREENING process? Are they fucking sure? Because just the tweets I saw from LGF’s Charles Johnson and Crooks and Liars’ Karoli among others looked bonkers!

    Who the hell would’ve been in the Rose Garden with no screening process?! Proud Bois aka Nazi trash giving fascist salutes and masturbating all over the flowers?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Blech.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @mrmoshpotato: They were there, in the bushes with Spicer.

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    NotMax says:

    Ah, the Keep It White House summit. What, no hamberders? Feels like a century that have been saying it: Social media is neither.

    McLuhanesque descriptors updated for the 21st century – hot, cool and putrid.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Blech

    If there was ever a post’s content deserving of an OH ‘Blech’… :)

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    @mrmoshpotato:

    Proud Bois aka Nazi trash giving fascist salutes and masturbating all over the flowers?

    They were seen in the vegetable garden too.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: LOL

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    NotMax says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA
    Well, you-kennst-who was a vegetarian….

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    plato says:

    Isn’t jim hoft dead yet? Bummer.

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    JPL says:

    For all those in Barry’s path, I hope that you are safe today.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @plato: Yeah, he’s dead. Somebody should tell him.

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    Spanky says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Apparently, you can be brain dead and still be ambulatory. Who knew?

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    montanareddog says:

    @plato:

    Isn’t jim hoft dead yet? Bummer.

    Phrasing, given Dim Jim’s sexual orientation!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: Serendipitously, my son and his SO are up here for his brother’s birthday float. They have an old friend (a refugee from flooding in Baton Rouge) watching their first floor apartment in Gretna while they are gone. They talked to him yesterday and he said the water has come up and then gone down but so far not gotten into the apt. As is he has everything stacked on top of the furniture, for what ever good that will do. IIRC the levee there is about 30 feet high. If the Mississippi over tops it, all bets are off.

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    Raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: There’s An Environmental Disaster Unfolding In The Gulf of Mexico
    A slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water is causing serious damage to Gulf species, and a major storm threatens to make it worse.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @plato: You mean dead inside? I’d say yes.

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Isn’t that your son who was suffered severe injuries? Hopefully he won’t lose everything.

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    Keith P. says:

    For added context, Sebastian Gorka, the guy getting up in some nondescript CNN journalist’s face, drives a *FOUR* cylinder Mustang with a license plate that reads “ART WAR”. How often do you think this guy gets smoked at red lights daily by laughing millennials who have no idea who the fuck he is?

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    Ken says:

    @mrmoshpotato:

    Proud Bois aka Nazi trash giving fascist salutes and masturbating all over the flowers?

    How’d you get access to the plans for the Veterans’ Day ceremony?

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Ken: That probably is the Veterans’ Day plan knowing this shitshow of a bastard administration.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    I am think, Trump immigrant bashing is less part of some political ploy on his part and more immigrants are vulnerable members of society that he can get away with abusing.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    … like a rocket shop …

    I have not come across this simile before. What does it mean?

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    @Keith P.: I always think of him as “Dr.” Gorka sinc ehis Ph.D. is a joke.

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    Urza says:

    @Keith P.: Why do they even make a 4 cylinder Mustang? Let alone someone wanting a Mustang buying it. They have to be pretty cheap, or know nothing about cars, probably both in his case.

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