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Trump acknowledges his defeat and pledges a peaceful transition of power. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris issued divisive statements ripping the police and Facebook permanently bans Trump while leftists call for more censorship. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is The Ben Shapiro Show.
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A Capitol police officer died from injuries that were sustained after clashing with the with the mob over at the Capitol building. According to NBC News, a U.S. Capitol police officer died Thursday after being injured in clashes with pro Trump rioters in the Capitol. The day before Officer Brian Skurnik was injured while physically engaging with protesters Wednesday returned to his division and then he collapsed. He was taken to a hospital. He died about nine thirty pm on Thursday. Cygnet joined at the Capitol Police in 2008.
He's the fifth person to die from Wednesday's violent clash in Washington. Of course, there was a woman who was shot to death by Capitol Police during the middle of the riot. And then there were three other people who died of unspecified medical emergencies over the course of the riot. His death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington. Sickening, most recently served in the Capitol Police Department's first responder unit, according to a statement from the Capitol Police.
News of the officers death comes shortly after a Capitol Police chief, Stephenson, resigned amid criticism of the department's response to writers who broke through the barricades, vandalizing the building and clashing with police. Now, as we now know, we know that Mayor Muriel Bowser was not interested in having a vast police presence. We know that the feds were also concerned about ticking off the protesters or rioters or something, which is absolute insanity. This is a failure at every level.
That needs to be a full investigation as to why there were not more officers on the grounds, why the response took hours on end. And all those videos that you've seen of the officers removing barricades in order to let people through it was not in order to let people through. It was because they were consolidating their lines. This will become relevant a little bit later on in the program when we discuss the pathetic notion that the police treated these rioters with kid gloves because they were white.
This is now become the talking point de jure of the Democratic Party, and it's disgusting. We'll get to that in a moment. First, other news. There are a bunch of Trump cabinet officials who have now resigned. Elaine Chao, who is the secretary of transportation and wife of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, temporarily. She has now resigned her post. Also, Betsi, Davos resigned her post as well. Most of us said in a letter there is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, is what she said to President Trump.
She said we should be highlighting and celebrating your administration's many accomplishments on behalf of the American people. Instead, we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the US Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people's business. That behavior was unconscionable for our country. There's no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation. That is the inflection point for me. Naturally, the left is not meeting any of these people with open arms. They are not suggesting, and neither moderates, neither the media, nobody is suggesting that the folks who are resigning from the Trump administration over this incident ought to get any credit for doing so instead because they were in the Trump administration in the first place.
The idea is that they are very bad. And this lends itself to the second narrative of the day, which is that if you voted for Trump, if you're conservative in any way, if you don't believe any of the WOAK nonsense pushed by the left, this means that you are part of the problem. You are equivalent to the people who rioted and broke into the Capitol building. Now, let me be clear about something. The vast majority of people who are at the protest are not even equivalent to the rioters who broke into the Capitol building.
The vast majority of people who went to that protest believed something that was not true about the voter fraud and voter regular voter irregularity allegations made by Trump. Many of them believed something that wasn't true about the congressional ability to overturn the election. But they were there because they believed, I think, in certain patriotic fashion that the that the election ought to be upheld in a in a true and proper way. Now, their definition of Trump proper, I don't think was factually based, but those people are not to people who are committing acts of criminality is about a couple of thousand people probably broke into the Capitol building.
And to equate even the tens or hundreds of thousands of people who were at that rally with Trump to the people who broke into the Capitol building would be conflating everybody in a way that's not true. So certainly it's. More true that people who were not at the rally, who did not believe what Trump was selling or what Josh Howley was telling all the people who did not believe that the election was stolen and certainly all the people who voted for Trump are not to blame for what happened here.
Yet that is the narrative that is being drawn by the media. Every good conservative is now being lumped in with the people who decided to violate the heart of the democracy. And by the way, it is more I'm hearing some rumblings on the right today. Well, you know, they just wrecked a building. What's the big deal? I mean, BLM wrecked buildings all throughout the summer and BLM not only wrecked buildings, they put built businesses out of business.
I mean, Congress is back in session by the evening. There's truth to that. It also happens to be the fact that this was an insurrection because this was an overt attempt to stop the business of the government from going forward. Now is not a coup, as some people have been defining it, because the military was not involved. There was no official move to attempt to remove the the senators. There was no official attempt to actually overturn the election.
That actually didn't happen. OK, but the the basic notion here that it was not a big deal, that obviously is not true either. So, as always, many things can be true at once. But the one thing that is certainly true is that there's about 90 percent unity in this country out of some higher maybe ninety five percent unity that breaking into the Capitol building and running roughshod through that building is bad. But that is a problem. As we will see, the left is now refusing to acknowledge that because the left sees a way to make a political gain here.
And the way to make a political gain is to take the bad people who broke into the Capitol building and did violence and attack police officers and lump them in with literally everybody on the right. So those are the two dueling narratives that we are going to get from the left over the coming months, over the coming years, going to have significant ramifications for your life, because what they are going to do is they're going to suggest, one, that every bad thing is part and parcel of the white supremacist nation that is the United States, a point made by both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris yesterday.
These were the captains of unity. They're going to bring the country together. Right. Joe Biden keeps saying unity, unity, unity. And then he turns around. Parents woke both.
OK, so that's point number one, and then narrative number two is that everybody on the right is guilty for what happened, that if you voted for Trump, you knew this was going to happen. This is part and parcel of you wanted this to happen. This is part and parcel of of what was what Trump ism was. Rather than simply voting against the left, simply voting against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and, you know, Omar and all the rest of the crew, that doing that meant that you were OK with what happened at the Capitol building.
That is the second narrative. And that, of course, is going to lead to censorship is we'll get to. OK, well, the big news of the day amid all of this is that the White House acknowledged that President Trump had lost the election. Again, the reality is that Trump should have done this months ago and he had every opportunity to explore every legal option. Once the Electoral College voted, we were done. And once the states had certified their votes within the safe harbor provision, by law, there was no way to overturn the results of the election.
Plus, once again, I know this is unpopular, but it happens to be the truth. The Trump campaign did not provide the necessary evidence to overturn any of the electoral results in any of those states. They just didn't. They had their hearings. They had their court hearings in many states. They didn't even allege that there was voter fraud. That includes Pennsylvania. This election was over after the Electoral College voted, OK, just as purely technically as possible after the Electoral College voted.
The election was over. OK, but it is good that the White House has now acknowledged that fact. So yesterday, Kelly McInerney, the White House press secretary, she got up and she condemned the attack on the Capitol building. I am here to deliver this message on behalf of the entire White House. Let me be clear. The violence we saw yesterday at our nation's capital was appalling, reprehensible and antithetical to the American way. We condemn it, the president and this administration in the strongest possible terms.
It is unacceptable. And those that broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
OK, and everybody was asking, OK, so where's Trump in all this? Why doesn't Trump say something? Well, last night Trump did say something after his Twitter account was reinstated. Here he put out a two minute, 30 second video in which he acknowledged that the election was over and that he had lost and that Joe Biden would be inaugurated on January 20th. He pledged himself to a peaceful transition of power and he ripped into the rioters. Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.
I immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders. America is and must always be a nation of law and order. The demonstrators who infiltrated the capital have defiled the seat of American democracy to those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction. You do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay, OK?
And then President Trump went on to acknowledge that he had, in fact, lost the election and that Joe Biden was going to be inaugurated.
Now, Congress has certified the results and new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.
In just a second, we're going to get to the response by the left to all of this. So now there's unity, right? Unity should break out and we now have widespread unity across the land. Riding in the Capitol building is wrong.
People should pay legally for breaking into the Capitol building, for threatening duly elected senators, congresspeople, the vice president of the United States, for attacking police officers, one police officer is dead. Right. There's widespread agreement about all of these things. Right. The president has now acknowledged that he lost the election. He's committed himself to a peaceful transfer of power, which again, should have happened weeks ago. But it's good that he's doing it now, obviously.
So this should be a time of unity, right? There should be a time when we all come together because we all agree there will be a transition of power on January 20th. The election has been legally constituted. Attacking the Capitol building is bad. All of these things are perfectly obvious to when I say the vast majority of Americans, I mean nearly all Americans at this point are the country is ready to move forward. So you think the left is going to allow this opportunity to pass on, taken advantage of?
I think not every crisis is an opportunity when it comes to the left, and that includes the so-called unifying Biden administration. We'll get to that in just one moment, because this is really, truly gross stuff. We'll get to that in a moment. First, let's talk about some of this knockwurst. Let's talk about something wonderful, something happy, something distracting. I'm talking, of course, about waffles. OK, so I love waffles. You love waffles.
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It's now January 8th. The inauguration is January 20th. We have twelve days until the inauguration. And Trump has now pledged that he is going to hand over power peacefully, which, of course, he should, since every single president in the history of the United States has done so. Going back to George Washington and he has acknowledged the results of the election, he has acknowledged that the Electoral College is voted in. Don't work. So we're down there and we're done with the rioting because the reality is that No one, the police are actually going to do their jobs at this time.
They're going to be provided with the with these sort of numbers they need in order to quash all of this. And there's widespread sentiment on the right that this was deplorable and horrible and bad and gross in every way that you don't get to break into the Capitol building and threaten Congress people and attack police officers and do all this kind of stuff. Frankly, I think there was an enormous amount of shock on the right that people who even identified as right wing would do this sort of stuff.
I mean, you'll remember back a few months ago, the typical thought on the right was that if Biden lost that there would be riots in the streets, which, by the way, certainly would have happened. But then Trump lost and probably would not be any of that. So I think a lot of people on the right word duly shocked to see what happened the other day. And I don't think they're wrong to be shocked, to see what happened the other day, obviously.
So that means that there is widespread consensus that bad things are bad and that good things are good and that time moves on and that there will be a new president on January 20th. Right. This would be the moment when Joe Biden should come out and he should say, we're all in agreement. Let's it this is a dark day for the country. Now, we can move forward together because we all agree that people who violate criminal law should go to jail instead.
Instead, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris decided to go precisely the opposite direction. They decided that they were going to rip open wounds for political gain, which is just awful behavior, awful behavior.
OK, it is it is terrible because, again, these people are going to be in charge of the executive branch of the federal government for the next four years, and they are signifying that in a moment when we could all come together at a moment when, as they say, you know, in their belief, the nightmare is over, bright, new day dawning and all this stuff. This is the Biden line. Their claim could have been OK.
Well, now we're moving forward in unity arm in arm. This sort of stuff can't happen again. But here's the problem. The left has allowed this sort of stuff to happen for months, just in a different context. And the left for months catered to Black Lives Matter writers and twenty four rioters in Portland. For months, they suggested that federal officers on the ground in Portland were actually creating the problem, even though the riots preexisted the federal officers in Portland.
And then. And then continued after the federal officers left. So Joe Biden decided that it was time to actually polarize the country still further because every crisis is an opportunity. So Biden gave a speech yesterday in which he attacked Trump and he didn't just suggest that what Trump had done over the last couple of months was really bad. Instead, what he suggested is that Trump had launched an assault on our democracy from the very beginning, from the very beginning of his administration.
Right. So now the implication is that anyone in either election 2016 or 2020 who supported Trump should have known that this sort of stuff was going to happen, should have known that this was the way that things were going to end. Everyone is guilty. Everyone is guilty. Here is Biden effectually condemning half the country? I wish we could say we couldn't see it coming, but that isn't true. We could see it coming. The past four years we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear.
And everything he has done, he unleashed. An all out assault on our institutions of our democracy from the outset and yesterday was the culmination of that unrelenting attack.
OK, well, I mean, let's be realistic about this as well. There are folks on the left cheering on the 16 19 riots, cheering them on. Nicole Hannah Jones said she was proud that these were the 16 19 riots, that people were burning down businesses and assaulting people and in some cases, you know, killing people. In the case of David Dorner, the police officer in St. Louis, the the attacks on our institutions are not on one side here.
And the implication here, of course, that Biden is attempting to draw is that if you voted for Trump because you liked his policies or because he didn't like what the left was presenting, then you were complicit in this because you should have known all along that was going to end with people breaching the Capitol building in an incident that has no historic parallel in the last 50 years. I mean, like, OK, so so the only goal that what's the goal there?
What's the goal there? Like, what's he attempting to do? What he's attempting to do pretty obviously is polarize the country so that he can suggest that everybody who agrees with him is on the side of the angels. And everybody who doesn't disagree with him is on the side of the people who breached the Capitol. That's what he's attempting to do. But he goes even further. Joe Biden, he goes even further because it's important now not to polarize us only along political lines, but along racial lines.
So there was this talking point that was going around yesterday, and it was it was rocketing around. Cable news is rocking around the Internet. Every NBA player was tweeting it out. And this nonsense point was the idea that if you have been Black Lives Matter writers who had tried to break into the Capitol building, there have been mass carnage and mass death. And the police officers treated everybody with kid gloves up on Capitol Hill the other day. Now, this is a lie.
I mean, it's just an overt lie. It's a lie. No. One, because the Capitol Police did not treat people with kid gloves the other day. I mean, according to reporters on the ground ranging from Tina went over Vanity Fair to Julia Roberts over a town hall from the left to the right, there's widespread acknowledgement police were firing tear gas at people. The police were involved in physical altercation with people. The police were drawing their weapons on people.
A woman was shot to death in the halls of the Capitol that is not treated with kid gloves. And all that video of the police removing barricades and removing barricades, because that is typical security protocol, if you don't want the barricades used against you and if you cannot consolidate your lines, you don't have enough officers, people who are suggesting, by the way, why weren't there more arrests made on site? Because there weren't enough police officers in the first place.
When you arrest somebody, the police officer has to leave with the person they are arresting. Also, all these people were on tape watch in the coming days. I'm sure there will be dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of people are arrested for their activities in the Capitol building. Now, imagine it'll be hundreds of people who are arrested for what they did in the Capitol building. And as for the other side of that coin, that BLM was treated with some sort of market viciousness by the police throughout the country, that's just a lie.
It's not true. Washington, D.C. had widespread rioting for days and weeks and widespread people running roughshod through the streets, breaking into stores, stealing things, assaulting people. We saw all the videos at the time. You know, how many riders were killed by the police during the Washington, D.C. protests? Zero. There were more people who were killed during the Capitol, during the capital storming than were killed during the Washington riots. By the way, I don't see anybody painting a street in Washington, D.C., Cunanan.
I don't see anybody painting a street in Washington, D.C. stop the steal. And yet, when Black Lives Matter riots took over Washington, D.C. when they burned a church near the White House, when they did all that stuff, the mayor of D.C., Muriel Bowser, ordered that the words Black Lives Matter be painted in giant yellow letters visible from space on public streets. She ordered that a plasma be renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza. Every corporation in America Wuk scolded its own employees and told them they needed to post black squares in solidarity with the idea that America is systemically racist country.
Politicians from right to left. Put out this these nonsensical statements about how America was cruel and vicious with regard to black Americans. Meanwhile, police were defunded in cities across the country or told to stand down. Entire city streets in Seattle were turned over to the tender predations of the folks at BLM and Antifa. The city of Los Angeles was shut down for a week. Rodeo Drive was closed at 1:00 p.m. so that BLM rioters could run roughshod through the city.
Melrose Avenue was burned. So you're telling me that the cops were vicious and brutal with BLM rioters and protesters?
In what way? In what way? And as for the media, the media treated these people as though they were heroes. Chris Cuomo asked, why should protests be nonviolent? Alexander Ocado Cortez. She said, you know, this is how they're supposed to make you uncomfortable. That's the goal here. And the entire culture swung behind BLM. I was there the attempt to gaslight us here by suggesting that everyone was irreproachable, tough on on BLM is such nonsense, it's garbage.
There were videos of police officers kneeling with the protesters, kneeling with them. Don't give me that. The police officers at the Capitol Building, one of whom died, 16 of whom were injured. Those police officers were being superduper kind to these people because they were white. There were police officers who are kneeling with the people who are calling them systemically racist. There were mayors we're going out into crowds of people who are declaring that they were representatives of an evil system and kowtowing to them.
There were there were white people who are doing acts of of. Supplication before black people all over the country, people literally on their knees. In a mode of repentance to black people, even though they never sinned against a black person. And yet BLM is the victim here. You're telling us somehow you turn this into a racial thing. How, how? And the only answer is when it comes to the left, there's always just a couple of arguments.
And I say that this whole situation has resulted in a couple of arguments from the left right. One is that America is systemically racist and the other is that conservative should be shut up.
Well, dirty secret. Those are always the same. Two answers for every leftist problem. It doesn't matter what the predicate is, the conclusion is always the same. It's not if X, then Y, if any letter than Y, right, if the sky is blue today, then America is systemically racist and conservatives should be shut up. If you didn't tie your shoes this morning and America systemically racist and you should shut up. These are these are the conclusions of every single argument, every single one.
We'll get to Joe Biden doing this. I mean, it's deeply divisive crap, it's deeply divisive. And this whole this whole week has been so disappointing and horrifying in every way. We'll get to more of this in just one second. First, let's talk about the fact that you need to preserve your family memories. This is something important you can do for your family, right? Every ad is now like a breath of fresh air. The fact is that there's something really about nice things you can do for people.
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So after suggesting that Trump launched an assault on democracy from the very first day that he was in office, which means that all of his voters should have known this was going to happen. They're all guilty along with him of everything that is going on. This, by the way, is not uncommon. Talking point on the left is we'll see.
He also suggested that the Capitol Police are viciously racist. Now, you may have looked at the at the incident at the Capitol and seen a bunch of white people storming the Capitol, one of them getting shot, a bunch of people going to get arrested. And he may have said yourself, look, it looks like Capitol Police were overwhelmed. They can't believe they didn't have enough people there. Looks like security protocols need to be overhauled or it could be an insane person and suggest this has something to do with systemic American racism.
Naturally, Joe Biden is going to do the latter. No one can tell me that have had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, there wouldn't have been they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.
Well, we all know that's true. And it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.
No, we don't all know that's true because it's nonsense. It is nonsense. The entire media apparatus, intragovernmental apparatus, cities around the country allowed BLM free reign in their cities. They painted the city streets, they paid homage, they marched with them. Mitt Romney was marching with BLM, for God's sake, don't give me that BLM, the BLM had done something like this. Well, that would have been I mean, I can't even imagine if BLM and they burned cities.
OK, look, what are you talking about? They ran roughshod through Kenosha and the media cheered. The media suggested this was all just an outburst of passion because of systemic American racism. And now you're saying is somehow about Capitol police being racist. And then Kamala Harris, another unifying figure. Get ready for the unity to break out. By the way, again, these two arguments are sort of the same right. There is the American systemically racist and you should shut up.
All of this is papered over with the talk of unity, because I'm not going to unify with either of those propositions, but the idea is that if you don't unify with those propositions, you are the one breaking unity, because it is perfectly obvious to everyone that this was somehow about race. In no way was this about race. Like, what did what? What have here is Kamala Harris, another deeply unifying figure, saying exactly the same thing.
We witnessed two systems of justice, oh, few when we saw one that let extremists stormed the United States Capitol and another that released tear gas on peaceful protesters last summer, the American people have expressed rightly outrage. We know this is unacceptable. We know we should be better than this.
OK, so I have a question. I mean, really, I have a serious, illogical question here. So according to Kamala Harris, should the police have used tear gas on the protesters in both or should they have used tear gas on the protesters in either? Here's a question, because in reality, they used tear gas on the protesters, both right and the rioters at both. In reality, the police have been pretty consistent in with regard to their use of force here.
And they did use probably more force with regard to the capital. A person got shot and is dead. They used more force at the Capitol than they did with regard to BLM protests all around the nation where there are pictures of cops literally standing by and letting people run around burning businesses. OK, but put that aside just on a purely logical level, when she says that we have a double system of justice here where protesters were gassed in front of the White House if they were BLM, but then they were not gassed, if they stormed the Capitol, is the idea here that we should have let the people storm the Capitol and we should have let people protest freely with burning churches near the White House?
Like which one is it? Should be tear gassed both. Again, there's no logic to this, the entire thing is a divisive emotional appeal designed to suggest that everybody who supports Trump and supported Trump back during the election cycle, no matter what he did over the subsequent two months, and no matter what you said over the subsequent months, and no matter whether you think that the people who breached the capital are idiots and criminals, that no matter what you do, no matter what you said, you were complicit.
And not only were you complicit in the violence, you are complicit in racism. You are a racist as well because America is racist as well. It's here, I mean, this is it's horrifying stuff because, again, this is a moment where we should all agree on the things I don't know how many times over the past several years I've said this where there's an issue that happens. And you know what seems like we should all be able to agree on this.
And then you pull Americans and they do all agree on it. And then our politicians and I think sometimes on both sides of the aisle. But at this point, really on the left with this kind of stuff, then the politicians immediately turn it into something political. Right. When it comes to covid, it was like, why is this political? We're all trying to deal with a global pandemic. And then immediately it turned into America systemically racist, like what the hell?
Again, covid the two solutions from from the media and from your Democratic politicians. Were America systemically racist and shut up. When it comes to climate change, is America systemically racist and shut up when it comes to tax policy, it's America is systemically racist and shut up. He's on a second, we're going to get to the second message here, which is shut up. We've done America systemically racist. Now we're going to get to shut up in just one moment.
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Not only was Trump banned from Facebook, by the way, so Dan Bongino had his account removed on Facebook temporarily because he posted the video of Trump a couple of days ago during the riot, talking about how he wanted people to go home peacefully and then adding in a bunch of stuff about how the election was stolen. So just for reposting a video from the president of the United States for just reposting it, his account was removed. Facebook is now announced that Trump's account is going to be completely removed from Facebook.
Now, look, Facebook is a private company. Facebook can do whatever it wants to do. Does that mean that the spirit of free speech and civic engagement can thrive when you have big tech pros who have decided what is available to you and what is not available to you? And if you think is going to stop with Trump, you are dead wrong. In a second, I'm going to show you how far this is going to go. The truth is that Jack Dorsey and Zuckerberg, they've had their fingers on the trigger with regard to Trump for a very, very long time.
And we all knew that basically the day after the inauguration, both of them were going to attempt to ban Trump. Well, they're going to do a little bit early, according to The Washington Post, Zuckerberg said Thursday the social media giant is banning Trump indefinitely, marking a dramatic escalation of the conflict between Silicon Valley and the White House after Trump weaponized the web to help stoke a riot at the US Capitol. It's The Washington Post, Zuckerberg wrote. We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.
Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete. OK, now you don't have to agree with anything. Trump has posted anything he has posted in order to recognize the ZAHL. A horrific precedent, a really bad precedent. I imagine during those BLM riots, if Facebook had decided, you know what, there's a lot of criminality and violence.
It's going around right now, like a lot of it, in fact, so much so that anybody who even mildly excuses any of the criminality or violence, anybody who tries to justify any of that stuff, even if they say stay peaceful, but they try to justify that violence or they say the underlying argument is good, we'll just ban them because after all, the risk of criminality is higher than the value of the free speech. How would that go?
You think I'd be good for the country or very, very bad for the country, shutting down the modes and mechanisms of conversation is a bad idea. If Facebook believes itself to be an open and open source for communication, opening minds to ideas, it can't put itself in the business of banning ideas or banning figures, even if Facebook doesn't like what they are saying. According to The Washington Post, Facebook's suspension marked the most aggressive penalty any social media company has meted out to Trump over his four year term, a period in which he has repeatedly peddled falsehoods, attacked critics and spread divisive rhetoric online.
Twitter on Wednesday also suspended Trump for 12 hours. The company's first ever blockade lifted on Thursday morning. By evening, Trump resumed a tweeting, sharing a video that acknowledged the new administration soon to be inaugurated. The tech giant that took the rare aggressive steps after a violent mob stormed the House and Senate Wednesday, forcing lawmakers into lockdown. Now, the reality is that if Trump had won the election, this would have happened, right? If Trump had won, they wouldn't be banning his accounts.
The reason they're banning his accounts is because they are attempting to, in pretty cynical fashion, stave off legislation from a Democrat led Senate. Even if the Republicans held the Senate, I think that they probably wouldn't have done this, the reason that they are doing this is because they believe that if they appease the Democrats, if they start using their tech platforms in order to shut down alternative point of view, then the Democrats will leave them alone. In other words, if they just become part of the mainstream establishment media apparatus, echoing only the messages of the Democratic Party, then the Democrats will not regulate them.
Senator Mark Warner said, well, I'm pleased to see social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube take long belated steps to address the president's sustained misuse of their platforms to sow discord and violence. These isolated actions are both too late and not enough disinformation and extremism. Researchers have for years pointed to broader network based exploitation of these platforms. There we go. That's where it is. So Mark Warner is saying basically anybody who has ever in a video said anything good about Trump or even didn't say anything about Trump, that somebody watched their video and then watched a Trump video.
We can look at the research. The research, by the way, is nonsense. We can look at the research and we can see that these mainstream commentators, you know, the Jordan Petersens or the Dave Rubins with Ben Shapiro said Glenn Beck's that all these people, they're part of the problem.
All you're going to have to do is just prevent all those people from speaking freely on social media and then going to stop with Trump. It's going to start with Trump. Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's former communications director, tweeted, It is not escaped my attention that the social media companies decided there actually is more they could do to police. Trump's destructive behavior was the same day they learn Democrats would chair all the congressional committees that oversee them.
She happens to be correct about this. Now, Facebook and Twitter originally used to make exceptions for public figures with regard to some of their rules, which make sense because how exactly are we going to know what they said and then hold them accountable? It's amazing. It truly is amazing that the standards that are now being set up seem to assume there were no repercussions to Trump's behavior over the past four years. He lost the election. That seems like a pretty major repercussion, considering that he is the first president to serve only one term since George H.W. Bush and the first president since Jimmy Carter to serve only one term.
Without a major third party candidate taking 15, 20 percent of the vote. But this is what the media want, the media are just this is the beginning, right? This is the beginning. The beginning is they ban Trump and then they banned venue. That is the next thing to happen. For example, The Washington Post says even though Facebook suspended Trump on Thursday, pro Trump pages in groups of tens of thousands of members, including one called Joe Biden is not my president, which is hidden from public view.
Quickly mobilized in support, Facebook has cracked down on some of the most pervasive and violent conspiracy theories. The social media companies. Belated efforts have also had the effect of pushing many of the group's leaders to alternative social platforms like Parler. Joan Donovan, research director at Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, said, quote, He's part of a much larger system of disinformation. As a result, taking action against Trump is symbolic in some ways.
But unless they consistently apply these rules to media manipulators and this informer's, this is going to keep happening. There we go. So bottom line is ban everyone and everyone. So who is The Washington Post quote, as a source for the stuff, Media Matters, the quote, Media Matters in this article, an activist left wing group originally set up by Hillary Clinton's team. The Podesta's is. So this is the next step, right? You are a racist because what happened in the capital, you are a bigot and viciously in favor of violence if you voted for Trump and now you should be banned.
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In just a second, we'll get to Michelle Obama and the continuing call to shut down all free speech on the basis of what happened this week. First, a bit of relief. It's that glorious time of the week when I give a shout out to a daily what I remember today. It is Ryan Duffy husband, Father Carpenter, Marine vet on Instagram who understands the secret to working long hours in this picture. The company, the world's greatest beverage vessel, is in a workshop filled with cabinets being sanded before assembly around the fireplace.
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It's going to get worse, not better, over the coming years with the Biden Harris administration. What we are going to see is a tsunami of outrage at anybody who disagrees. And the entertainment industry that feeds and mainlines this crap into the bloodstream of American politics is just going to get worse and worse. It's going to get more and more toxic. That's why we are pushing back against cultural blacklisting. On Friday, January 15th, Deleware is releasing its first feature film, Run, Hide, Fight exclusively to Deleware members.
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Number two is that America is systemically racist and its police are systemically racist, which is one hell of a message to put out after a police officer dies defending the Capitol, which is what happened this week. And message number three is that you should all shut the hell up and shut up. And not only that, there should be forcible attempts to shut you up.
It's not just that you should be quiet. It's that there should be companies geared toward shutting you up, that all the companies should basically stop doing business with you, that that everybody should stop allowing you a platform. Michelle Obama, queen of light in wonder. She put out a statement yesterday. Here's what it said. I woke up yesterday elated by the news of Reverend Raphael Warnock. The election victory. He'll be Georgia's first black senator. I was heartened by the idea that the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the home parish of Dr.
King and a spiritual and organizational hub during the civil rights movement, would be representing his state in the United States Senate in just a few hours. My heart had fallen harder and faster than I can remember. Like all of you, I watched as a gang organized, violent Madain lost an election laid siege to the United States Capitol. That day was the fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile, unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures.
The wreckage lays at the feet of a party and media apparatus that gleefully cheered him on it, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these. So here's here's where we go, right, is that everybody knew, everybody knew.
This is going to be the revisionist history here is that everybody knew that the Capitol was going to be stormed. OK, well, if that's the way they were going to play this game, then everybody knew that a police officer, that Dallas police officer to be shot to death by a BLM activist during Obama's administration, I mean, with rhetoric saying that America is systemically racist and the police were systemically racist. I mean, everybody knew that it was going come to this.
And if we're going to play this game, everybody knew they're going to be riots in Ferguson. Everyone is going to be right in Washington, D.C., everybody knew that businesses were going to get burned and looted all around the country this summer. Everybody knew all that stuff. OK, that's not how this game gets played. Free speech is free speech that you don't get to suggest that everybody who speaks freely on a topic of consequence is now responsible for nut jobs doing a nothing because they believed lies.
OK, but here is Michelle Obama continuing because she has some answers for if she has some suggested ways that we can prevent this in the future, she says. It left me with so many questions, questions about the future, questions about security, extremism, propaganda and more. But there's one question I can't shake. What if those riders had looked like the folks who go to Ebenezer Baptist Church every Sunday? What would have been different? And so there's the the Biden Harris message that the police are racist.
I think we all know the answer. We do, because we watched what happened over the summer. Sixteen to twenty five million Americans protesting and the police basically laid off of them. This summer's black lives. They keep saying things like, oh, 14000 people were arrested over the course of the protest. Oh, you mean the months long protests? Riots. There were 500 riots all across the country. Statistically speaking, there were 16 to 25 million people who are involved in the protests.
In any case, she says this summer's Black Lives Matter protests were an overwhelmingly peaceful movement. Here's the revisionist history of our nation's largest demonstrations ever, bringing together people of every race and class, encouraging millions to reexamine their own assumptions and behavior. And yet, in city after city, day after day, we saw peaceful protesters met with brute force. We saw cracked skulls and mass arrests. Law enforcement pepper spraying its way through a peaceful demonstration for a presidential photo op and for those who call others unpatriotic for simply taking it in silent protest.
For those who wonder why we need to be reminded that Black Lives Matter at all, yesterday made it painfully clear that certain Americans, in fact, are allowed to denigrate the flag and symbols of our nation. They've just got to look the right way. Who's allowed to do that? Those people are going to be arrested. Capital police officers shot a woman. She died, OK, like who was allowed to do this? Who is saying that this is a great thing?
Who who is just a made up? It's a nonsense narrative. It's nonsense. And it's insulting to the intelligence and it's insulting to the American people. It's insulting, by the way, to suggest that the cops were vicious and brutal with black lives matters protesters all over the country. Again, 16 to 25 million people marched. By the way, I can say both, can I not, I can say that it is unpatriotic and terrible and un-American as I have to storm the Capitol building to interrupt the process.
I've called it insurrectionary because it is I can also say that taking a knee for the American flag to suggest that America stands for systemic barbarity and racism is also not a pro America sentiment. Can I not can I can I do both? How about that? How about that? But it's one and not the other when it comes to Democrats. What do these folks have to say now? Is Michelle Obama seeing the gulf between the responses to yesterday's riot and the summer's peaceful protests and the larger movement for racial justice is so painful it hurts.
And I cannot think about moving on and turning the page on her until we reckon with the reality of what we saw yesterday. True progress will be possible only once we acknowledge that this disconnect exists and take steps to repair it. And that means coming to grips with the reality that millions voted for a man so obviously willing to burn our democracy down for his ego. Every single person who voted for Trump is in favor of people storming the Capitol building. That's what Michelle Obama saying.
So we've got both messages now, right? We've got the message that the cops are racist and America is racist, and also that every single person who voted for Trump, every single person who didn't vote for Joe Biden, every single one of those people is deplorable and awful and evil. I hurt for our country, says Michelle Obama. I wish I had all the solutions, I wish I had the confidence that people who know better will act like it for more than a news cycle or two.
All I know is that now is a time for true patriotism. Now is the time for those who voted for this president to see the reality of what they've enabled and publicly and forcefully rebuke him in the actions that everybody did. Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior and go even further than they already have by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation's leaders to fuel insurrection.
OK, but she doesn't stop there, she says it now is the time for swift and serious consequences for the failure of leadership that led to yesterday's shame. So she she then calls for basically everybody to be punished, right? Everybody needs to be punished. I love this, she says together, John Asaph and Raphael Warnock will give control of Congress back to the only party that's shown it can put democracy above its own short term political fortunes. She's literally, literally undermining comedy and unity in the republic in order to benefit Democrats short term political fortunes.
That's what she is doing here. So we have to hold tight to our values by banning people. That sounds good. Hold tight to our values by banning people. It's not just Michelle Obama, of course. Oliver Darsey over at CNN. He he put out a social he puts out a social media newsletter and he had these paragraphs. He says, We regularly discuss what big tech companies have done to poison the public conversation by providing large platforms to bad faith actors who lie, mislead and promote conspiracy theories.
What about TV companies that provide platforms to networks like Newsmax, one Americanus and yes, Fox News? So now Oliver is calling for TV companies to ban the distribution of Fox News on the basis of this, he said Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Mark Levin and others are responsible for the lies they peddle to their audiences. But the TV companies that beam them into millions of homes around the country also bear some responsibility. And yet we rarely, if ever, talk about them in his time TV carrier's face questions for lending their platforms to dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories.
Oh, you mean like dishonest companies? Like, I don't know, CNN, CNN, which spent years promoting the the idea that Donald Trump was a Russian plant. The Washington Post put out an editorial saying much of the same kind of stuff. They say that we now need to stop the spread of misinformation on social media, right, the burden rests with the sites that allowed bad actors to warp the world of so many citizens. They must stop the spread of misinformation according to clear rules that stem from clear principles.
They must promote accurate information in the manner the evidence tells us is most likely to persuade. Both of these undertakings will likely require some trial and error. So wait a second. It's almost as though the same exact solution that the left has always called for, namely repressive tolerance. Shutting down other points of view is now going to be extended to meet this supposedly this supposed crisis. Right. That's that's what's going to happen. Right. Going to shut down free speech.
JibJab makes it even clearer because, of course, she's basically take all of the Democratic talking and you boil it down to one bumper sticker and that's driving her. So here is her yesterday on The View saying the media on the right has to be sanctioned. I have always said from the very beginning that the lying is the biggest problem because look at where it has brought these people. And one more thing, how is that going to happen? Because you have somebody like Matt Gates saying that and what it was 94 people dressed as protesters.
This is never going to get settled. They are the biggest liars they have. These people, I guess, have to be taken down. Right.
And the media on the right has to be sanctioned by the media and the right has to B.S. Anybody who print something that doesn't like has to be sanctioned. And lest you think that these are just going they're going to restrict it to the outliers, to the to the fringe people. Yeah, sure, sure, sure they are. David Hogg, another bumper sticker leftist. He tweeted out, There should be a public list of companies that hire the Trump enablers after this so we can all boycott them.
Yep. That's where this is going. That's where this is going. Corey Bush, the congresswoman, the BLM congresswoman, she suggested that every single Republican should be removed from office, all the Republicans should just be removed from office. There she was yesterday on MSNBC. We need to call it what it is, it's white supremacy, it was white privilege, and it was the call of our president and it was encouraged by our Republican colleagues. And that is why every single one of them, actually, because they have been the ones trying to steal this election.
That's why we are calling for them to be removed. They should not be seated.
Right. Other Republicans, none of the Republicans should be seated. That's the solution. So the solution to an attempted insurrection is to shut down free speech and boot out everyone who disagrees with me in Congress. Sounds perfectly American to me. Sounds great. Sounds great. All right. So it's been an incredibly, incredibly rough week, like a very, very rough week for the country, a very rough week for conservatives and for people who like basic rights and civility and decency.
It's been been a very rough week. So let's end with a little bit of Bible talk here. So this week, this week, the Jews. Right. As I explain, every week the Jews read a portion of the Bible every single week and the portion of the Bible that they read this week. Is the portion that begins the Book of Exodus in Hebrew, the Book of Exodus is known as the Book of Schmoes or Smoked. And and the The Book of Exodus begins with the story of Moses.
And so I want to focus in for a second on the portion of this week's parsha about the burning bush. So here is what the Bible has to say about when when Moses comes essentially face to face with God or face to face the burning bush with God. So here is here is what the Bible has to say is the Exodus. Chapter three, beginning verse to an angel of the Lord, appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush.
He gazed there was a bush all aflame, but the bush was not consumed. Moses said, I must turn aside to look at this marvelous light. Why doesn't the bush burn up? When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called him out of the bush, Moses, Moses, and he answered, Here I am. So to understand what's going on here, you have to understand that the basic idea of the burning bush is you have a material thing, right?
A thing that is temporary and of this world. And there's a flame that should be consuming it. But the thing is not consumed. This is signification of the eternal right. Time moves on, time destroys. But there are certain things that are not destroyed. And that certain thing is, is God right. And and Moses is answering in the language of supplication right here, which is the same sort of language that Abraham uses with regard to God when God calls him to to make a sacrifice for his son, Isaac.
The Bible continues. God said, do not come close to remove your sandals from your feet for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am sad God, the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob Moses hit his face where he was afraid to look at God. And Lord continued, I've marked well the plight of my people in Egypt. I've heeded their outcry because of their taskmasters.
Yes, I am mindful of their sufferings. I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians. OK, and and then Moses says to God, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, the God of your fathers has sent you and they ask me, what is his name? What shall I say to them? And so in the Bible, names have deep meaning. In the Bible, names are supposed to convey something true about the person.
And that's why in the Bible so often you'll see somebody named and it will explain the meaning of the name. Like when we we do the same thing with our kids. When we pick a name for our children, we try to encapsulate a meaning for the child that we hope for their life or their relationship with God. So the same thing is true in the Bible, the name. So there's very there are several different names of God that are used in the Bible.
And the name that God suggests be used here is actually this is the only time I'm aware that it's used anywhere in the Bible. The name that God suggests to Moses be used with regard to the the Jews in Egypt. So Moses says, what should I say your name is? And God says, hey, a Shariah, which literally means I will be what I will be. Right, he continued, and you will say to them, hey, yeah, Shalakany Aleichem.
Right, you shall, yeah, sent me to you, OK, so that's kind of a weird sentence, right? Because God is saying to Moses his name, right? Yeah, sure. Here I am. I will be what I will be. And then when you go down to them, though, I don't want you to say, yeah, sure. Yeah. I want you to say hey. Yeah, right. Just just the first one.
I just I will be OK. So the Talmud discusses what the meaning of this says. And the idea is, I will be a savior for you now and I will be a savior for you in the future right here, because twice I will be for you. Now I share what I will be for you in the future. And Moses says, the Talmud says, back to God. I'm not sure the people can handle the fact that there's going to be bad news in the future.
You're talking about the redemption right now. And then God says back to him, well, then just tell them I will be meaning that you're about to be redeemed, right? I will be. And then God says further to Moses, you shall speak to them and say, the Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob who sent me to this shall be my name forever. This is my name from generation to generation.
So the answer that God is giving here is that the trials and tribulations, they don't end right here. God will be that God is the eternal rock. He doesn't change. He is there for you in times both good and bad. And there is no such thing as the end of history. There is just more history, right? There is just the continuation of things that happen. There's redemption. There are cycles. Things rise, things fall.
There will be trials in the future. But any time there's a dark period, remember, the time is moving. Yeah, right. Well, you need to keep in mind when you're in a dark period is not yet assured here that God is going to help you now and they're going to be tough times in the future. And he's going to help you then to what you need to remember is that right now, in the darkest periods, God is there for us.
God remembers us. God recognises us. God wants things to be better for us. He wants us to act with dignity. He wants us to act with decency. He wants us to act as though our lives and our decisions matter and God will be there with us. God will redeem us. And yes, that doesn't mean that there will be any sort of utopia in which all bad things stop, bad things will continue to happen, and down the road there will be more bad things.
But just remember that for right now, the same God that brought us the United States through the Revolutionary War, that brought us through the Civil War, the same God that helped the United States overcome the tyranny of the Nazis, the same God that helped the United States overcome the hatred in its own heart, the evils of segregation and Jim Crow. That same God is going to help us overcome evils that we see in our own hearts, the divisions of our own country.
God is going to help us overcome that now and what comes later. God will be there for that, too. But the important thing is, remember, right now, it's not that all hope is lost is that maybe we're putting our hope in the wrong place. OK, we'll be back here a little bit later next week and with an additional hour of the Ben Shapiro show later today. In the meantime, go check out the Michael Mozz show that is available right now.
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