'He will continue to damage the party': Ex-GOP lawmaker warns Republicans that Trump is a 'diminished figure'

Rep. Barbara Comstock

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Although Republican Barbara Comstock had a very conservative voting record during her four years in the U.S. House of Representatives, the former congresswoman has been quite critical of her party's overtly Trumpian direction. Comstock believes that the GOP's unending devotion to former President Donald Trump isn't doing her party or the conservative movement any good, and in an op-ed published by the New York Times this week, she argues that it is ridiculous for so many Republicans to be afraid of saying or doing anything that may offend him.

"Many Republicans want to move on from the January 6 attack," the 61-year-old Comstock explains. "But how is that possible when the former president won't move on from the November 3 election and continues to push the same incendiary lies that resulted in 61 failed lawsuits before January 6, led to an insurrection and could lead to yet more violence?"

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Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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