HYPOCRISY: Facebook Protects Leftists Who Promote Violence, Continues to Ban Trump

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Facebook can continue its ban of former President Donald Trump, but the company has ignored prominent leftists on its platform who have called for violence and unrest.

Facebook’s Oversight Board punted Trump’s suspension back to Facebook and gave the company six months to review the ban. In the meantime, several leftist political influencers have broken Facebook’s rules or called for unrest in the past few years but have remained active on the platform. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour and far-left Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) all maintain a presence on the platform. Facebook has selectively chosen who to ban when making its decisions.

The media have a history of ignoring political violence on the left, but rhetoric has consequences. A leftist gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress practicing baseball in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2017. Four people were hit, and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) underwent several surgeries as a result. 

Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters wreaked havoc in American cities last summer while celebrities applauded. However, Facebook ignored inciteful language from liberals as left-wing violence increasingly became an issue over the last decade.

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Facebook’s decision to ban Trump and the Oversight Board’s decision to uphold the ban were filled with hypocrisy. Left-wing extremists have rioted and caused violence in recent years, yet Facebook has appeared to hold no one on the left accountable like it held Trump. These four left-wing political influencers stood out as among the worst examples of Facebook’s hypocrisy:

1) Facebook Allows Louis Farrakhan to Maintain a Presence on Platform

The Nation of Islam’s Facebook page has more than 80,000 followers and has promoted content from the organization’s leader Louis Farrakhan. The page has posted content telling people to not take COVID-19 vaccinations. 

A posted image on May 4 stated: “Don’t Let Them Vaccinate You! We won’t join your efforts to destroy us.” The image included a link that sent readers to the Nation of Islam’s vaccination page on its website where Farrakhan is quoted as saying: “Remember the vaccine that they gave us for polio that was cancer itself? So, how in the hell could you trust them with a vaccine after you know what they have done and that they are capable of doing it again on a bigger and broader level? It’s government policy to reduce the population of the Earth by two to three billion people.”

Facebook has allowed the page and the post to remain active. In contrast, the platform censored and removed posts discussing COVID-19 from former President Donald Trump in 2020.

2) Rep. Maxine Waters Calls for Protesters to “Get More Confrontational”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has a history of making incendiary remarks, but she called for Americans to “get more confrontational” in April. She made her remark in response to the George Floyd trial where former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder. “We got to stay on the street,” Waters said in her remark to protesters. “And we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

In 2018, the congresswoman called on liberals to confront then-President Donald Trump’s Cabinet members: “For these members of his Cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant. They’re not going to be able to stop at a gas station. They’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president, ‘No, I can’t hang with you. This is wrong. This is unconscionable. We can’t keep doing this to children.’”

Despite her controversial comments over the years, Facebook continued to allow Waters to maintain a presence on its platform.

3) Rep. Ayanna Pressley Calls for “Unrest in the Streets”

Far-left activists successfully elected several like-minded members of Congress while former President Donald Trump was in office. One of the most extreme activists elected in the 2018 midterm elections was Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). She has a prominent position as a member of the far-left “Squad” with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

In August 2020, Pressley blatantly called for far-left activists to take their issues to the streets in a time when riots had occurred throughout the summer. She said: “Hold them accountable. Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up. You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.” [Emphasis added.]

Facebook did not hold Pressley accountable for her statements in a summer when rioters terrorized American cities. Rioters burned and vandalized buildings. People died in the far-left riots that occurred. Even police officers were reportedly shot. But Pressley’s account has remained active on Facebook.

4) Facebook Gives Anti-Semitic Activist Linda Sarsour a Free Pass

Anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour has a long history of making disgusting comments toward people who disagree with her and has frequently attacked Jewish people. Her influence appeared to grow after the election of former President Donald Trump. She served as an inaugural board member of the far-left Women’s March organization until 2019. And in 2015, Sarsour reportedly spoke at an event called “Justice or Else” that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan organized.

After Trump’s election, Sarsour directed her ire at the former president and his administration. In 2017, she said: “I hope that we, when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad. That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in the other side of the world but here in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.” [Emphasis added.] Merriam-Webster described “jihad” as “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty.” 

Despite her call for “jihad” against Trump and his administration, Facebook appeared to have no problem giving Sarsour a platform to voice her opinions.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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  1. As long as people stay on and support Facebook, this is what you will continue to see and receive. Once people put down their phones, look up and see what is really going on, they just might have a chance at saving themselves and our country. Just my 2 cents, for what it’s worth.

  2. This is what’s happening the question is: “What are you going to do about it” I served now you better!

    Here is the official list of communist goals as revealed by Dr. Cleon Skousen inThe Naked Communist pg.259+ …(1963)
    1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
    2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
    3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
    4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
    5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
    6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
    7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
    8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
    9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
    10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
    11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
    12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
    13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
    14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
    15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
    16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
    17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
    18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
    19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations, which are under Communist attack.
    20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, and policymaking positions.
    21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
    22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
    23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
    24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
    25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
    26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
    27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
    28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
    29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
    30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
    31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
    32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
    33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
    34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
    35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
    36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
    37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
    38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
    39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
    40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
    41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
    42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.
    43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
    44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
    45. Repeal the Connelly reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

  3. I served what are you going to do!

    70 Card Carrying Communists in Congress

    The Socialist Party of America announced in their October 2009 newsletter that 70 Congressional democrats currently belong to their caucus.

    (DSA: Democratic Socialists of America)

    DSA members in congress – 70

    Eleven DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee.

    John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez,
    Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez

    [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].
    DSA members of 111th Congress.

    Co-Chairs
    Dis-Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
    Dis-Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
    Vice Chairs
    Dis-Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
    Dis-Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
    Dis-Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
    Dis-Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
    Senate Members
    Not so Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)
    House Members,Hon. Neil Dis-Hon Abercrombie (HI-01)
    Dis-Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
    Dis-Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
    Dis-Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
    Dis-Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01),
    Dis-Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
    Dis-Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
    Dis-Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
    Dis-Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL),
    Dis-Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
    Dis-Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01),
    Dis-Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
    Dis-Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09),
    Dis-Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
    Dis-Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
    Dis-Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
    Dis-Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) recently deposed
    Dis-Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
    Dis-Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
    Dis-Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
    Dis-Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
    Dis-Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
    Dis-Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
    Dis-Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
    Dis-Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
    Dis-Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
    Dis-Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
    Dis-Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
    Dis-Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
    Dis-Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
    Dis-Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
    Dis-Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
    Dis-Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
    Dis-Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
    Dis-Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
    Dis-Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
    Dis-Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
    Dis-Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
    Dis-Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
    Dis-Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
    Dis-Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
    Dis-Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
    Dis-Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
    Dis-Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
    Dis-Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
    Dis-Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
    Dis-Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
    Dis-Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
    Dis-Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
    Dis-Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
    Dis-Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
    Dis-Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
    Dis-Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
    Dis-Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
    Dis-Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
    Dis-Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
    Dis-Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
    Dis-Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
    Dis-Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
    Dis-Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
    Dis-Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
    Dis-Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
    Dis-Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
    Dis-Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
    Dis-Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
    Dis-Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
    Dis-Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
    Dis-Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
    Dis-Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)
    THE 45 COMMUNIST GOALS AS READ INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, 1963

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