“You’re a punk!” and “Wanna take this outside?” were not the key phrases we expected to be discussing after President Trump’s White House social media summit, but here we are.
For anyone with even the smallest inkling of awareness of American politics in 2019, the view is a grim one. We are being driven further apart by an out-of-control mainstream media, and the corporate data harvesters of Silicon Valley are utilizing fascist-borne censorship tools to silence those with whom they disagree.
It’s a disgrace, and it flies in the face of America’s number one guarantee to her people: The First Amendment.
Thats’ why President Trump invited dozens of disenfranchised conservative social media personalties to the White House yesterday. His hope was that his “social media summit” could shed light on the inexcusable treatment of the online/alternative news media.
Instead, a CNN and Playboy contributor got into it with Sebastian Gorka and a shouting match ensued.
Gorka, a former adviser to Trump, was sitting near the front row with several social media provocateurs during Trump’s announcement about the census while the White House press corps was forced to the back of the garden.
After Trump’s speech, one of the attendees sarcastically told Playboy correspondent Brian Karem, who was with the White House press corps, “don’t be sad.”
Karem responded, telling the attendees of the Social Media Summit that they are people “eager for demonic possession,” video of the incident shows.
Gorka then shouted at Karem: “And you’re a journalist, right?”
Then Karem threatened violence.
“Come on over here and talk to me, brother. Or we can go outside and have a long conversation,” Karem responded, the video shows.
Gorka then walked up to Karem and shouted at him, “You’re not a journalist. You’re a punk!” the video shows.
The incident ended without blows, as Gorka walked off to mingle with guests.
But there are some questions that we should be asking ourselves after the incident:
Is this the America that we want to leave for our kids? Do we want the mainstream media to harass and antagonize a disenfranchised and ostracized sect of journalism, just because they are competitors?
Is this what “free speech” is all about?
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