Donald Trump Jr. thinks the Taliban made a good point about free speech
When a spokesman for the Taliban — which is now in control in Afghanistan — was asked about free speech in that country at a press conference in Kabul this week, he sounded very MAGA-like and accused big tech of censoring free speech. And Donald Trump, Jr., ironically, found himself in agreement with the Taliban representative.
According to a translator, the Taliban spokesman said, "This question should be asked to those people who are claiming to be promotors of freedom of speech who do not allow publication of foreign information. I can ask the Facebook company. This question should be asked to them."
Taliban spokesman uses first press conference in Kabul to complain about Facebook, claiming group's freedom of spee… https://t.co/E4u3fdAqyj— Robert Mackey (@Robert Mackey) 1629219052.0
Facebook, along with Twitter, has been accused of censorship by former President Donald Trump and many of his MAGA allies; both companies have suspended his accounts indefinitely. But University of Baltimore law professor Kimberly Wehle, a Never Trump conservative who often writes for The Bulwark, has stressed that Twitter and Facebook's actions against the ex-president do not fit the actual definition of censorship — which is suppression of speech by the government, not by private companies. Wehle and many other legal experts have noted that as private companies, Twitter and Facebook have every right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to give Trump, or anyone else, a platform.
Regardless, Donald Trump, Jr. has continued to make the false claim that big tech is censoring Republicans. And in response to the Taliban spokesman's statement, the former president's son tweeted:
Here are some responses to Trump, Jr.'s tweet:
@DonaldJTrumpJr Free speech is not free speech when it oppresses others, or infringes on someone else’s right to fr… https://t.co/RQXxsOYXry— Robert B. Bubbletrousers (@Robert B. Bubbletrousers) 1629224105.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Junior and the Taliban don't understand what freedom of speech means— Buster Camerons ➐ (@Buster Camerons ➐) 1629223962.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Well Jr. now we know who you support. Thanks for making that REALLY clear.— Laurie N. (@Laurie N.) 1629224341.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Actually he...and you...are 100% wrong. You would Actually have to have read something about Americ… https://t.co/liGkpkoR3R— Rob (@Rob) 1629224561.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Your Daddy negotiated the release of Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar. https://t.co/GhSNHVrYEY— The Right is Wrong AF (@The Right is Wrong AF) 1629224051.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr The folks who love to talk about "America First" sure seem enamored with people who have avowed the… https://t.co/Ld3VKQ405P— Olympus Is Laughing (@Olympus Is Laughing) 1629224080.0
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