Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’

Nana (10a)

Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’: All the President’s Memes

On Thursday, President Trump is assembling a group of his most ardent online supporters for a White House “social media summit.” The guest list has not been publicly released, but a motley grab bag of pro-Trump influencers have taken to Twitter to brag about their invitations, including James O’Keefe, the right-wing founder of Project Veritas; Bill Mitchell, a pro-Trump activist who has promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory; and a pseudonymous Twitter user, “CarpeDonktum,” who is perhaps best known for creating a doctored video of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. that Mr. Trump retweeted.

The group will have “a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment,” according to Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, who said last month that Mr. Trump would speak at the summit. Conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and Turning Point USA have also said they would attend.

Right-wing internet personalities, including Mr. Trump himself, have accused social media companies of being biased against them. Recently, Mr. Trump suggested that Twitter “should be sued because of what’s happening with the bias,” and in May, the White House released a “share your story” tool to collect anecdotes from people who feel their social media accounts have been banned unfairly.

In reality, few have benefited more from the megaphones provided by these platforms than Mr. Trump and his supporters. Right-wing pages are among the most popular political news outlets on Facebook, and Mr. Trump remains one of Facebook’s biggest clients. Since May 2018, his re-election campaign has purchased more than $10 million worth of Facebook ads, more than any other candidate or group.

“The stuff online that people dismiss as memes — that’s the way to motivate people,” CarpeDonktum, the pro-Trump memesmith, told my colleague Charlie Warzel this year. “It’s the viral political marketing of the future.”

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Kathy

Pictures tell a thousand words. And they are also easy to say you misconstrued something putting the onus on the viewer.

This whole media summit sounds like the underworld dark media will be co-ordinated, as if it wasn’t before, just now it is operating in plain view and people will still be taken in by the lies. It is a choice and too many have chosen winning over values.

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Nana (10a)

Trump is sending a clear message as to who he draws his support from, who he depends on - far right wing extremists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis ..........

Mr. Trump has continued to look to his internet supporters as a kind of crowdsourced media consultancy, from which he draws slogans, video mash-ups and .... memes.

Mr. Trump’s use of internet imagery is cruder than most.

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tony jelly

A summit to complain about the behavior of companies who are not invited, what could possibly be the problem with this?

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SoFLUSA

Trump missed his calling. He should have been a professional whiner.

Oh, wait!

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Delilah66

Jeez I gotta get on Twitter and follow him with adoring comments so I too can be among the invited literati. I’ll be a fifth columnist and wear my horse costume.

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chase_gw

This is nothing more than a PR stunt to promote his " real is fake" and "fake is real" agenda. Sad thing is the buy in will be significant. All part of his 2020 election campaign.

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margaux

Posting this for catkin since she likes to post Ben Garrison's cartoons here.

But one would-be invitee has already proved too controversial even for
Trump’s White House. Organizers initially invited pro-Trump cartoonist
Ben Garrison, a prolific illustrator whose cartoons, which invariably
depict a muscular Trump defeating his foes, frequently go viral on the
right-wing internet. But after Garrison posted his invite on Twitter,
critics pointed out that Garrison once created an anti-Semitic cartoon
that featured a billionaire Democratic financier and the Rothschild
family controlling American political figures.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-social-media-summit-mortifies-white-house-enrages-far-right-allies

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Ziemia(6a)

I really want to know how this idea developed - with names.

This lays out his value system. These are some of his good people on 'that side'.

PS: this is great, that he's doing this. Clarifies his support for these groups.

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nopartyghost

What a joke. Just a way for Donnie the whiner to stand there complaining about how mistreated he is by media that doesn't agree with his warped views. Wah, wah,wah.

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leona_2008

This is no laughing matter. This is legitimizing this faction in their own eyes and, worst of all, in the eyes of trump's supporters.

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tony jelly

That's two doses of Borowitz in one day FOAS, where did you find this one?

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Delilah66

A stable genius in a stable full of asses!

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Joaniepoanie

Yes, Trump attempting to normalize these RWNJ outfits......and his supporters will believe.

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margaux

Jeeze, what are they putting in his Diet Coke? A hallucinogen?

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Jenn "My kingdom for a nap!" Mom(5)

The far right is rumored to have less and less support for Trump. Places like 4chan, 8chan, gab and others where 'sh!tlords' and neo-nazis (along with run of the mill far-righters) congregate are full of angry people who feel that Trump has betrayed them, because he hasn't built a wall OR deported every last immigrant - undocumented or not - by now.

Currently they haven't selected a candidate for 2020. Give them some time, I'm sure they'll find one soon. Or not. :P

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

If “Fake News” is not as important or powerful as “Social Media,” why the constant bellyaching about CNN?

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chase_gw

How anyone can admire or respect a man that talks like that is beyond me ? Most would welcome any of the three he slanders over him. That is just an awful way to talk and being accepting of that type of language makes his supporters complicit.

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queenmargo

A stable genius in a stable full of asses!


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Ziemia(6a)

He's forgotten about that ride down that escalotor?

Or was there another in November 2016?


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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

Hey now, that's that trump's great memory, it's so good that it can predict the future within thinking about the past.

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Ziemia(6a)

Ahh, that escalotor mention tweet has been deleted. The others remain and the flow of words almost makes as much sense as with with now-deleted tweet.

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SoFLUSA

trump hates hates hates ( i could stop there) that social media is starting to remove lies, fake news and hate groups.


How else could he win?

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Delilah66


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Tilly Teabag

Delilah

Even a philistine knows that’s what it looks like when you cut all the hair off.

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Prim Rose

(CNN)It may only be July, but it seems Festivus is nonetheless upon us.

At least, at the White House, where President Donald Trump is set to host a so-called "social media summit" -- an airing of grievances for right-wing activists and social media personalities.

In typical fashion, he tweeted about it Thursday morning:

"A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period."

This, of course, is not a social media summit -- and here's how you know: none of the major social media platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook, are invited to attend.

Who is? Minds.com, the "anti-Facebook" platform that once gave safe harbor to several neo-nazi extremist groups, some noted and discredited conspiracy theorists, a number of conservative think tanks, a senator and a congressman, among others. Also included, if boasts on social media are to be believed: an activist who tried to attack Sen. Kamala Harris as "not an American black" after the Democratic debates.

many slammed as anti-semitic also was invited and then disinvited (an administration official did not respond to a CNN request for comment about the rescinded invitation).

For many on the left and in the establishment press, this is an unsavory cast of characters -- a group of unserious instigators and ne'er do wells whom the President of the United States should not be elevating.

This consternation is somewhat understandable — some of these figures are truly loathsome internet trolls who serve no purpose other than to harass, antagonize, provoke and spread misinformation. Some others have pushed hateful speech and racist memes. Still others are merely annoying gadflies.

But there also are a number of reasons this event should not get us all worked up.

For starters, who is remotely surprised by this? These are Trump's peeps, his bros, his ride or dies. Most of these folks have devoted some or much of their careers to protecting and promoting him, for some to their considerable professional detriment. As Reagan was fond of saying, you dance with the one that brung ya. Well, these are the ones that brung him, and Trump wants to reward them with some face time before the election ramps up.

Trump's tweets: Why is he always SHOUTING?



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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

She was just looking to be "grabbed".

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ubro(2a)

"the person who was to become your future first lady" ? Did he forget her name?

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Jenn "My kingdom for a nap!" Mom(5)

He probably doesn't frequently refer to Melania by her given name, it's easier to just yell "Hey you!", avoids embarrassment if one *does* have trouble recalling names for whatever reason. ;)

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Prim Rose

The fake press is trump's Big Lie. He's ramping it up, telling everyone how it makes him angry, trying to get his base angry, and I bet he repeats the same bunch of lies over and over and over until election. Cause that's what he's got to run on.

It's truly bizarre that a sociopathic liar would take issue with what's being said about him in the free press.

And watch for it ..... the First Amendment will be up for grabs.

2020 is a fight for morality, anti-hate, anti-division, and apparently now a fight to keep our Constitutional Amendments.

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Jess

Well said, Prim Rose

2020 is a fight for the soul of America

This hate, this intolerance, this balkanization of America is not what the Founding Fathers, and mothers, risked everything for

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Tilly Teabag

People will vote to help their wallets first. Take note, Democrats.

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terrene(5b MA)

Social media helped get Trump elected, and it doesn't have the standards that reputable journalism does, so he can more easily spread his lies and fake news.

My guess is that one of the purposes of this so called summit is to strategize how to use social media as an even more effective propaganda tool.

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Jess

"Republicans" will vote to help their wallets first.

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Tilly Teabag

So will Democrats.

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