At a recent Rose Garden press session, Donald Trump called for an investigation of various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, as well as the investigation of a number of TV news outlets. According to Trump, conservatives are discriminated against by these outlets.
“It seems to be, if it’s conservatives, if Republicans, there is big discrimination,” Trump said of social media platforms. “I see it absolutely on Twitter,” he said. He also named Google and Facebook as offenders.
“There is collusion with respect to that, because something has to be going on,” he said, adding, “I do think we have to get to the bottom of it.”
Trump was meeting the press with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been called “Trump of the Tropics” because, like Trump he has criticized for misogynistic and racist remarks. And also like Trump, the right-wing leader Bolsonaro is also a prolific tweeter.
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Trump accused the social media of being in “collusion” with the Democrats and Liberals. He also said there is a “very dangerous situation with the news networks.”
“You look at the networks, you look at the news, you look at the newscasts – I call it Fake News,” Trump said.
He added: “You look at what’s happening with networks, you look at what’s happening with different shows… it’s a very, very dangerous situation.” He continued that the situation, too, must be looked at “very closely.”
“The president of the United States did not clarify what ‘different shows’ he was referring to. But, over the weekend, Trump tweeted he thought the Federal Election Commission and/or the FCC should investigate Saturday Night Live and late-night TV shows, for collusion with Democrats ‘and, of course Russia!,’” Deadline reported.