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Bernie Sanders, at the ripe age of 79, is finally admitting “cancel culture” is out of control. Ezra Klein of The New York Times sat down with Bernie to discuss how tech companies have too much power.
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On “cancel culture,” and the power of tech platforms: pic.twitter.com/piEPMOopmr— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) March 23, 2021
Obviously President Donald Trump is none of those things Sanders accuses him of being, but that last part is a glimmer of hope for common sense. “Do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that,” Sanders said.
Well you’re damn right, Bernie. You shouldn’t feel comfortable because tech companies just showed America that they can do whatever they want. And plenty of hard-working Americans thought Twitter would be punished as their stock plummeted over $1 billion in 24 hours after banning Trump from their platform.
Since then, Twitter and other social media platforms including Facebook have recovered from their terrifying tactics to silence conservatives. Americans basically just told these social media giants that we want to be in the loop so bad that we’ll follow any rule they make up on the fly, even those that destroy freedom of thought.
No worries, though, Bernie knows he’s already canceled
The reason Bernie sounds off about this injustice now is because he knows he’s not “controllable” enough to be the Democratic candidate. That crown was handed to Life Alert spokesman President Joe Biden. Democratic leaders would rather let a man who just lost a fight to a carpeted staircase be president than let Bernie get in front of a mic and utter what he did with the New York Times.
Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can shut down any of us at any given moment, and this power to cancel people needs to end. To Bernie’s credit, though, who thought a socialist leader would have the guts to spew what Donald Trump was arguing against last November? Maybe we all have more in common than we thought?