Liz Cheney Should Step Away From Leadership For The Sake Of GOP Voters

Liz Cheney’s problems are piling up, according to Politico. The Republican Conference chair has lost the confidence of more than half of the members she purports to lead as the third-highest ranking GOP member in the House of Representatives. The move has also garnered a primary challenge and censure back in Wyoming.

“There’s a lot of concern in the conference,” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, an influential conservative leader, said about Cheney last week.

Much of the disappointment stems from her decision to give her full-throated support to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s rushed second impeachment of President Donald Trump days before he left office. Cheney sided with Democrats and the media in blaming Trump for a mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol.

A quickly thrown-together article of impeachment she voted for claimed that a mob was incited by Trump’s Jan. 6 speech near the White House, in which he explicitly told marchers to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” at the Capitol. Further reporting indicates that the group of rioters had pre-planned their attack and were beginning their breach of the Capitol while the president was still speaking more than two miles away, continuing to assert his case that the 2020 election had been stolen from him.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney asserted without evidence in a statement that has been used non-stop by Democrats and the media since it was given.

It was expected for the Democrats to rush to judgment in the heat of the moment without even pretending to investigate the facts. For a purported leader of the Republican conference, it’s an embarrassment and a scandal.

For Democrats, impeachment was a no-brainer, and not just because impeachment had been their modus operandi for the entire Trump administration. (See “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,” by Byron York.) With the media’s help, impeachment would help weaken the Republican Party, pressuring Republican office holders to split from the party’s most popular politician. Impeachment and conviction of the left’s most difficult political opponent is part and parcel of their plan to silence, deplatform, and censor all of their political opponents.

It was an obvious ploy, a trap that should have been fairly easy to avoid. All House members had to do was withstand the media hysteria and see the tactic for what it was. And by and large they did. In the end, only 10 Republicans voted for it, while 197 voted against it.

With Trump leaving office and the Senate and the House narrowly held by Democrats, many Americans are desperately hoping the remaining Republicans will fight the left-wing onslaught in the country. Succumbing to political pressure at such an important time isn’t a particularly good look for any Republican. For a person in leadership, it’s an embarrassment.

It’s Not Just Impeachment

A few months ago Cheney faced a mini-rebellion over her decision to fund Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s primary opponent — a huge no-no for leadership and one that proved even more embarrassing when the primary opponent turned out to be racist.

At the first in-person conference meeting following the outbreak of COVID, members erupted over Cheney breaking the rule about leadership not trying to oust members of her conference. She handled the criticism poorly, saying that Massie — from the more libertarian and anti-war side of the Republican Party — was a “special case.” That alarmed members who share his views, but it also alarmed the liberal members who wondered if they, too, could be viewed as “special cases” for failing to share Cheney’s views.

The Republican conference is always a bit more unruly than the Democrat conference. However, the loyalty afforded Republican leaders is based in part on a belief that leaders won’t sabotage incumbent members. It’s also based on respect for their fundraising and candidate recruitment.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy oversaw impressive candidate recruitment and fundraising for the 2020 cycle and it paid off. All 27 “toss-up” races in the Cook Political Report went Republican. The party picked up more than two dozen seats, and now has the highest number of women members in its history.

Particularly considering her role in leadership, Cheney’s been criticized for failing to help with candidate recruitment and fundraising. Cheney “lacks some of the popularity and fundraising prowess of other House Republicans,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal also claims Cheney is “respected” for “her willingness to break with Mr. Trump on foreign policy and national security issues.” In fact, that’s another problem for Cheney being in leadership. While D.C. establishment figures undoubtedly support Cheney for her neoconservative foreign policy views, those views are increasingly problematic from an electoral standpoint.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney worked at the State Department during the presidency of George W. Bush. While in Congress, Cheney has focused on pushing a Bush-era foreign policy, particularly in support of continuing the Afghanistan and Iraq wars indefinitely. Those old-timey neoconservative views have been increasingly rejected by Republican voters, and have previously shown to be toxic to all voters.

Other Leaders Need to Help Her Exit

The Republican Party is known for having a big tent and certainly Cheney is within the party’s big tent. But being in the party and being a leader of the party are two very different things. The other Republican leaders have been supportive of Cheney continuing in her role, perhaps hoping that more than 100 members can just move past one of their leaders joining with Pelosi in her effort to divide the Republican Party.

McCarthy and other leaders need to think toward the future. They should focus on finding a conference chair who is a better team player, with better results. Someone whose negatives don’t outweigh her positives. There is no reason to leave Cheney in that position. In fact, it’s negligence for Republicans to keep Cheney in that position.

The House Republican conference can tolerate a member who caters to the Democratic media complex in order to further her personal agenda. However, she can’t be in leadership. The party leadership must be unified in order to effectively fight against the left-wing assaults in the years to come.

This is a fraught time for the republic and for tens of millions of Americans. McCarthy, Scalise, and the other leaders of the House Republicans need to show some leadership on behalf of tens of millions of voters who are genuinely worried about the left’s assaults on the Constitution, the economy, and rule of law. Cheney miscalculated the wisdom of histrionically joining with Democrats in their latest stunt. She should step down. If she needs help to step down, she should be provided that help quickly.

Cheney spending more time back in Wyoming to get more acquainted with the voters she represents, rather than the D.C. peers she’s spent much of her life around, may be just what everyone needs.

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Biden Readying Legislative, Executive Blitz in Administration’s First 10-Days

President-elect Joe Biden is readying a blitz of executive orders and legislation during his first ten days in the White House.

On Saturday, the New York Times reported that the president-elect and his team plan to use their first days in office to “signal a turning point” away from the Trump era. Central to that effort will be a flurry of executive orders issued, followed by a broader push in Congress to pass not only economic relief for individuals impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, but also comprehensive immigration reform.

“On his first day in office alone, Mr. Biden intends a flurry of executive orders that will be partly substantive and partly symbolic,” the Times reported.

Topping the list of Biden’s first executive orders is “rescinding the travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries … extending pandemic-related limits on evictions and student loan payments, issuing a mask mandate for federal property and interstate travel.”

Upon taking office, the president-elect will also rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and restore support for the World Health Organization.

On the congressional front, according to the Times, “plans to send sweeping immigration legislation on his first day in office providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people in the country illegally.”

That legislation will be complemented by an executive order from the White House ordering federal immigration agencies to “figure out how to reunite children separated from families after crossing the border.”

The readying of executive orders by Biden’s team comes even though the president-elect spent a great deal of time during the 2020 Democratic primaries assailing his rivals for spurning bipartisanship in favor of ruling through executive decree.

“You hear Democrats saying, ‘I’m going to get elected and I’m going to by executive order do the following,’” Biden told an audience in Iowa in November 2019. “Come on, executive orders are basically menus to abuse the power of the presidency.”

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House votes to impeach Trump, making him first president to be impeached twice

UPDATED 5:41 pm (ET)

The U.S. House of Representatives have voted 232-197 in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump on the single charge of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for “willful incitement of insurrection” regarding last week’s deadly pro-Trump Capitol riot. There were five no-votes.

Trump is now the first president in U.S. history to be impeached more than once.

House Democrats were joined by 10 Republicans in casting “yays” for impeachment. Most notable among these Republicans is the No. 3 GOP member of the House, Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.). Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said of Trump’s actions calling the mob to Washington, D.C. last Wednesday that “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President” of his office.

Republicans who joined Cheney include Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Tom Rice (S.C.), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), John Katko (N.Y.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), and David Valadao (Calif.). Four Republicans did not vote.

Trump’s legacy is now in the hands of the U.S. Senate, who will vote whether to impeach the soon-departing president after a trial is held. After the House vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement confirming reports that he will not reconvene the Senate’s 100 members earlier than January 19, the day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, to begin the trial.

“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” McConnell said.

“Even if the Senate process were to begin this week and move promptly,” the Kentucky Republican argued, “no final verdict would be reached until after President Trump has left office.”

By the time the Senate reconvenes, McConnell will become the minority leader, due to the two January 5 Senate runoff races in Georgia that saw Democrats sweep both seats. Democrats will control 50 seats and have Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, effectively giving them a majority in the upper chamber—albeit an extremely narrow and delicate one. Moreover, they will have “the trifecta”: the House, Senate, and White House.

There is also the question of if McConnell will vote to convict Trump, about which there has been an abundance of reports and speculation, with the bulk of these reports indicating that he thinks Trump committed an impeachable offense.

Despite this, prior to the House impeachment vote, Sahil Kapur of NBC News reported that a McConnell aide told him the longtime Republican is telling his party colleagues he’s undecided on impeachment.

On McConnell’s behalf, the aide wrote that “while the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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House Impeaches President Trump for a Second Time

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time over last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol in which five people died, including a Capitol Police Officer.

The vote to impeach President Trump was approved by the House by a vote of 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans supporting the measure. The following House GOP members voted in favor of the move: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Rep. Peter Meijer (MI), Rep. Fred Upton (MI), Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), Rep. John Katko (NY), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL), Rep. Tom Rice (SC), Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA), Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA), and Rep. David Valadao (CA).

The vote makes President Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” Cheney said in a statement addressing her decision to back impeachment.

“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President,” the lawmaker added. “The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

“I will vote to impeach the President,” she concluded.

The move by Cheney placed her at odds with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who voted against impeachment.

Earlier Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) staff notified Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) office that Republicans will not agree to reconvene the upper chamber prior to January 19 in order for an impeachment to commence during President Trump’s final hours in office.

Though McConnell is declining to hasten an impeachment trial, a Republican strategist told The Associated Press the GOP leader believes Trump committed impeachable offenses and considers the Democrats’ impeachment drive an opportunity to reduce the divisive, chaotic president’s hold on the GOP.

McConnell called major Republican donors last weekend to gauge their thinking about Trump and was told that Trump had clearly crossed a line. McConnell told them he was through with Trump, said the strategist, who demanded anonymity to describe McConnell’s conversations.

The New York Times first reported McConnell’s views on impeachment on Tuesday.

Ahead of the House vote, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to remain peaceful during the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking, and NO vandalism of any kind,” the president said in a statement first obtained by Fox News.

“That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for,” he added. “I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Rep. Andy Biggs on impeachment: Instead of stopping Trump, you’ll make his movement strong

On the floor of the House of Representatives before Wednesday’s impeachment vote against President Donald Trump, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), a devoted ally of the President, said in his two-minute statement criticizing impeachment that such an action would make Trump’s movement stronger, a similar sentiment that’s been expressed by other Republicans opposing impeachment.

The article of impeachment accuses the soon-departing President of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for “incitement of insurrection” regarding last Wednesday’s Capitol riot. While the House is expected to pass the article, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday sunk any efforts to reconvene the U.S. Senate for a trial until January 19 without all 100 senators consenting.

“It is with weariness and an unhealthy, morbid curiosity that I watch the beast attempt to devour President Donald J. Trump again,” Biggs said at the opening of his brief statement during the House floor debate on whether to vote for impeachment.

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“The craving to crush President Trump has never been satisfied, not through investigations, not through false allegations, and not even through an impeachment without merit,” he continued.

“And the timing of this impeachment makes little sense,” he added.

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“But your craving was neither a Biden victory nor was it even a Trump defeat. You believe that your hunger will be finally satiated by impeaching this president without completion of his full term of office,” Biggs continued. “You don’t merely seek victory but you seek obliteration of your nemesis.”

“Even if you are successful today and were the Senate to convict President Trump, yours would be a pyrrhic victory; for instead of stopping the Trump train, his movement will grow stronger; for you will have made him a martyr,” he argued.

Biggs then railed against media and corporations, claiming that the Democrats’ “allies in the media seek to censor conservative voices,” and went on to tout Trump’s economic and political agenda.

At the closing of his remarks, Biggs doubled down on his argument that impeachment will only make the Trump movement stronger.

“I urge you, please, do not […] attempt to douse the remaining burning embers of this movement with gasoline,” he said.

Biggs’ remarks come as he is being accused of helping organize the January 6 event that took place just before the deadly assault from rioters on the U.S. Capitol, according to Ali Alexander—one of the lead “Stop The Steal” event organizers—in some December livestreams, The Intercept reported Monday. Alexander also mentioned Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and another Arizona Republican, Rep. Paul Gosar, as being involved in the planning.

News of Biggs’ reported link to Alexander began to pick up steam Sunday, when The Arizona Republic reported it. The congressman’s spokesperson, Daniel Stefanski, denied that the pair had ties in a statement to the publication.

“Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” Stefanski said. “He did not have any contact with protestors or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Watch Live: House Votes on Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

The House of Representatives will consider Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

The House will vote on Articles of Impeachment against Trump for his actions last week, in which Democrats and some Republicans believe Trump tried to incite a riot and worked to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

The Articles of Impeachment are expected to pass through the House; however, it is expected that roughly ten Republicans will vote to impeach the 45th president.

The resolution follows as the House voted Tuesday on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. The resolution passed on almost entirely partisan lines, although Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) voted for the resolution.

Four Republicans have come out publicly in favor of impeaching Trump, which includes Reps. Kinzinger, John Katko (R-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the House GOP Conference chair and third-ranking Republican, became the highest-profile House Republican, came out in favor of impeaching Trump.

Reps. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) swiftly denounced Cheney for calling for Trump’s impeachment. Subsequently, they called for Cheney to resign as the House GOP chair.

“When Representative Cheney came out for impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters,” Rosendale said in a statement Tuesday.

“She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”

“She should resign her position as a conference chair and should not be serving this conference. That’s it,” Biggs told the Washington Examiner.

Follow Breitbart News for more coverage of the impeachment vote.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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Trump Concedes, Pledges Focus On Smooth Transfer Of Power

President Donald Trump conceded the November election Thursday night, one day after a mob of his supporters ransacked the U.S. Capitol as Congress was meeting to certify the results of the Electoral College. Lawmakers met hours after the complex had been secured to finish their work validating President-elect Joe Biden’s claim to the White House.

“Now Congress has certified the results, and a new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20,” Trump said in a White House message posted on Twitter. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power.”

The president began his remarks by forcefully condemning the rioters, who overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol building on his own behalf in a stunning display of lawlessness that was reminiscent of the militant social justice demonstrations last year.

“The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” Trump said. “To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction: You do not represent our country.”

The White House video published on Twitter comes hours after the company’s 12-hour suspension of the president’s account. The platform cited infractions of its Civic Integrity policy to implement a temporary ban on Trump’s activity and strip down several posts.

Moments before the president’s speech, a Capitol police officer reportedly died from Wednesday’s Capitol chaos, marking the fifth person to die as a result of the unrest.

Trump lost in the Electoral College 306 to 232 votes.

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CNN’s Most Special Flower Jake Tapper Calls Republicans ‘Selfish Dipshits’

CNN’s Jake Tapper smeared congressional Republicans as “selfish dipshits” Thursday in response to reporting that some lawmakers refused face masks while hunkering down in a secure location to protect them from the Capitol Hill chaos.

“Turns out that electing selfish dipshits isn’t a good idea,” Tapper wrote on Twitter.

This tweet followed Tapper mocking Republicans for being disingenuous in their denouncement of Wednesday’s riots, blaming them, as many in the corrupt corporate media have done, for so-called incitement of violence.

Tapper is the same CNN anchor who called on the New York Post to appease Twitter by deleting tweets that exposed incriminating evidence against the Biden family in October. Tapper also threateningly addressed the people raising the alarm over voting irregularities in the aftermath of the November contest, seemingly winking and nodding to employers to punish Trump supporters in hiring decisions.

In September, Tapper was exposed attempting to meddle in a Pennsylvania congressional election when he encouraged the Republican candidate to run in another district and then lied about his communication.

Lawmakers were forced to seek protective shelter after a mob of Trump supporters on Wednesday breached Capitol security and flooded the complex to protest congressional certification of the Electoral College results. Some members took cover as the mob of demonstrators roamed the building, threatening senators and representatives.

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Big tech censorship is growing—here are the 4 solutions you haven’t read about yet

Scrolling through Twitter in recent weeks, I’ve found it hard to go ten tweets without seeing some disgruntled user plug their Parler username—usually partnered with some variation of the words: “Add me on here, I’m done with Twitter.” 

Conservatives have been fleeing the site for months as the social network cracks down on people posting right-of-center beliefs—especially if it’s about legitimate election fraud—but the exodus is reaching record speed. Parler frequently takes the title of “Most Downloaded App on the Apple App Store.” 

“It’s not a battle for liberal speech. It’s only a battle for conservative speech,” Dan Gainor of TechWatch, a big tech watchdog publication run by Newsbusters, said. “There is actually no movement afoot to restrict liberal speech.”

President Donald Trump’s tweets almost always receive a flag or fact-check and prominent news outlets are being slapped with week-long bans for posting factual stories. Conservatives are done with Twitter—but there must be real solutions to fight discrimination by big tech outside of running from the problem.

Soon candidates on the right won’t have access to the most vital forms of communication and conservatives will lose elections.

There is still hope, however, and the following four options are the tools to win this fight so speech can once again be protected and free to all—even on Twitter. 

1. Strip Big Tech of Section 230 Protections

This is certainly the most discussed solution today, and that is because it’s an essential starting point to curb bias. President Trump made headlines when he threatened to veto the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act unless it repealed Section 230.

Section 230 is a small portion of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA)—an act passed with the purpose of preventing minors from accessing sexually explicit materials on the Internet. The CDA itself was an addition to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which sought to expand competitiveness in this groundbreaking internet market. The CDA was added on as an amendment—Title V—months later and thus Section 230 became law. 

The Section dictates that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” In other words, tech companies are not publishers and cannot be held legally responsible for the content posted to their platforms by users.

It also allows big tech companies to remove and block content it deems to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.” The law’s only boundaries are that removal of speech be done in “good faith.”

Intended to allow internet companies to block harmful content and to avoid consequences for content put out by their users, this section has since been hijacked to pave the consequence-free way for big tech to shadow-ban, silence, and squash conservative thought. 

Representative and House Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz (FL-01) has positioned himself on the frontlines of the fight against big tech discrimination and for the repealment of Section 230.

“Right now, technology companies enjoy special immunities that even local newspapers, even your television network doesn’t enjoy in terms of their responsibility for content,” Gaetz said in an email.

Section 230 pertains to “interactive computer services,” which is defined as “any information service, system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server.” Meaning this privilege only applies to big tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google. It’s a special treat for social media platforms and no one else.

“Section 230 protects big tech in ways, at least it’s been interpreted to protect them in ways that allow them to discriminate,” Buck said. “Their bias shows in the algorithm they have created.”

Rep. Ken Buck, Republican-Colorado

Representative Ken Buck (CO-04) is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law along with Gaetz and recently published a report titled “The Third Way” in which he spells out his solutions to big tech bias. 

“Section 230 protects big tech in ways, at least it’s been interpreted to protect them in ways that allow them to discriminate,” Buck said. “Their bias shows in the algorithm they have created.”

Gaetz and Buck argue that these companies are not acting in good faith and thus should have these protections revoked.

“[Big tech companies] enjoy those protections because they hold themselves out to be unbiased and neutral platforms,” Gaetz said. “But if they aren’t willing to demonstrate they, in fact, are unbiased and neutral, I think we should repeal that section of law.”

With the protections gone, these companies can be held responsible for their blatant biased behavior against ring-wing users. 

Repealing 230, however, comes with difficulties and Buck notes that “it’s not the best alternative.”

Holding big tech companies responsible for acting outside the bounds of what an actual fair and neutral platform would do is beneficial. But accidentally squashing those big tech company’s competitors is also a possibility—and would make the problem worse. 

Opponents to repealment of Section 230 argue that the sole thing protecting alternatives to big tech companies—like Parler and Rumble (Twitter and Youtube’s biggest competitors)—is this very section itself. Without its protections, sites like Yelp could be sued for a user leaving a bad review, argues former Congressman Rick Santorum in a National Review piece this month. And while a massive multi-billion dollar cooperation could fight frivolous lawsuits, a small startup could not. 

“You don’t want lawsuits against a company when they don’t control the content of what is being put on their site,” Buck said. “We need to create in Section 230 a protection that smaller startups can use moving forward.”

Like most issues in politics, the repealment of Section 230 is complicated. Twitter is no longer a neutral platform and clearly acts against conservatives so it should not have the special privileges found in the section. But frivolous lawsuits could crush any free market solution to these tech giants.  

“We could make it clear what 230 covers and what it doesn’t cover,” Buck proposed. Any such reform, however, could be hard to enact if the very elected officials tasked with this are receiving donations from the violators. 

2. Prevent Members of Congress from Accepting Big Tech Campaign Donations 

Reform will have to come from senators and representatives with bills and acts. This is difficult in our current political climate because these elected officials are eagerly accepting donations from these companies.  

“Congress is not going to rein in Big Tech, because Congress is bought by Big Tech. That’s why I refuse to accept any PAC donation from any special interest group,” Gaetz said. “We need more members in Congress who are willing to stand up to Big Tech and stop taking their PAC donations.”

In the 2020 election alone, Google’s parent company Alphabet gifted out $21 million, Microsoft $17 million, and Facebook $6 million. The vast majority of this green paper went to the Biden campaign through individuals and PACs. These tech giants have forced Biden and other Democrats to be beholden to their anti-free speech activism. Also, for reference, here is what abysmal percentage of those massive donations went to Republicans, in order of above listing: 7%, 14%, and 10%. 

“Our democracy should be powered by the people of our country, not by a few Silicon Valley monopolies,” Gaetz argued. “There are just simply too many members of the House and Senate who are beholden to Big Tech either because of political donations or because their family members are getting employed by Big Tech.”

Campaign reform is heavily discussed but barely acted upon for obvious reasons but “until that happens, Congress will not do anything about major tech platforms’ censorship,” Gaetz warned. 

But even if the government does decide to take action, there will not be enough resources in the necessary agencies to effectively respond. 

3. Increase Funding to Antitrust Agencies

Action against big tech will take place in antitrust agencies in the federal government. Specifically the Federal Trade Commision and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, which are the main enforcers of the antitrust laws in the United States. 

In 1890, Congress passed the Sherman Act, which was the first antitrust law in the country. Serving as a “comprehensive charter of economic liberty aimed at preserving free and unfettered competition as the rule of trade,” the act laid the groundwork for fighting monopolies in the economy. Two more acts followed: the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Clayton Act. These three acts are the main antitrust laws in the nation. 

These laws are violated by big tech with their monopolistic status but the enforcers can’t act on it because the funds are too low. 

The American government invests $510 million into its antitrust agencies, compared to the big tech sector which accounts for $2 trillion—or nearly 10 percent of the US gross domestic product. 

Congressman Buck has been a strong advocate of increasing the funding to these agencies—he put out a publication calling for this as the main solution to big tech bias. 

“Congress has failed in its role. We have not given the tools to the FTC and Antitrust Division to do their job and we have not updated the law to cover big tech,” Buck said. “In order to level the playing field, the FTC and Antitrust Division need more resources.”

Aside from the clear need for more funding, the antitrust agencies need to begin to heavily enforce the laws being violated by Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and others. 

“The Obama Administration’s weak enforcement of antitrust laws allowed big tech companies to achieve near-monopoly status,” Gaetz said. “They have used their vast size to harm competition and consumers. Antitrust issues affect all Americans, and we should work across the aisle to address them.”

Gaetz had demanded Attorney General Barr do more to enforce the antitrust laws in the country before his departure from the DOJ.

“The Department of Justice is not doing enough today to enforce antitrust laws,” said Gaetz, in an interview last month. “Bill Barr needs to be doing more to enforce antitrust laws in litigation in actions against the companies that utilize their market power to redefine the nature of speech in this country.”

Buck said he would not put the burden on Barr since he has been in office for a short time, but agrees the DOJ as a whole has lacked in enforcement. 

“The Department of Justice over time should have been more involved,” Buck said. “The government has failed to adequately oversee this area for the last ten years.” 

Like violent neighborhoods receive more funding for police officers and said officers are given the power to enforce the law, so should the big tech threat be met with adequately funded antitrust agencies with the ability to actually enforce the anti-monopoly laws on the books since the late 1800s. 

4. Focus on Appointments to the FEC and FCC Boards 

Another avenue to fight the bias is by ensuring selections made for the Federal Election Commission and Federal Communications Commission are people who understand this issue and are willing to fight it. 

“Big Tech bias is election interference. Their bias is also a violation of our communication standards and they’re not bound to certain liabilities under the Communications Decency Act,” Gaetz said. “There should be a significant focus on appointments to the FCC and to the FEC with people who understand this concept.” 

Since the bias is affecting sectors that these two boards oversee, action should be taken by them—especially since Congress is so ineffective. 

“The House of Representatives and the Senate are not going to take on Big Tech; we need a direct focus on appointments to these boards,” Gaetz said. “A second term of President Trump would be crucial in this fight because a lot of these boards have staggered terms, and I am confident in the Trump Administration taking bold executive action to vindicate our free speech rights.”

Appointing ethical, informed, and brave Americans to these boards would increase the chances action would be taken against the big tech monopolies as they interfere in elections and the communications of the country. 

Whichever solution is utilized, the fight against big tech bias must be on top of every elected official’s list—for the sake of free speech and the ability to ever win an election again. 

“To put America first and to put the American people first,” Gaetz said, “we need to ask not what our country can do for our tech companies but what our tech companies can do for our country.”

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Pelosi Told Sick Lawmakers To Come To DC To Vote For Her, Then Yelled At Them For Not Social Distancing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admonished lawmakers for not social distancing Monday after convening Democrats, some of whom are within COVID-19 quarantine periods, on Sunday to ensure a fourth term at the gavel.

“With a sense of urgency, I write about respecting proper health and safety guidelines on the Floor, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues, taking aim at members who ignored distancing rules when they congregated Monday evening to challenge the seating of members in states where the Electoral College count is being questioned. “As we go forward, please note with respect the guidance set forth by the Office of the Attending Physician and the Sergeant at Arms. When staff urge you to leave the Floor, it is not a suggestion. It is a direction.”

Pelosi’s sudden concern over Wuhan virus guidelines follows Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore appearing to travel to the capital for Pelosi’s speaker vote while infected with the novel coronavirus.

On Dec. 28, Moore announced she had tested positive for COVID-19, putting Sunday’s vote within the quarantine period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People infected with the virus are supposed to undergo a minimum 10-day isolation, irrespective of whether they have symptoms, according to CDC guidelines. Symptomatic cases are to remain isolated until 10 days after the start of symptoms, in addition to improving symptoms and going 24 hours without a fever.

Moore’s office did not respond to The Federalist’s inquiries regarding what day the Wisconsin congresswoman tested positive, or whether the representative had tested negative prior to her trip to Washington.

According to GovTrack, 108 members of Congress have either quarantined, tested positive for the coronavirus, or come in contact with an infected person.

Louisiana Republican Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died from COVID-19-related complications last week.

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