Mike Pence: We're 'Not Going to Tolerate' Censorship of Conservatives
Vice President signals warning to big tech giants ahead of election
Vice President Mike Pence declared the Trump administration is “not going to tolerate” conservative voices being censored by social media and big tech companies.
During an interview with Breitbart News, Pence was asked about tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google silencing conservatives voices.
The vice president said President Donald Trump has “made it very clear” that type of behavior is unacceptable.
"Well, the president has made it very clear that we are not going to tolerate censorship on the Internet and social media against conservatives,” Pence said.
“We’re just not going to tolerate it.”
Meanwhile, Trump is weighing up the options of creating a panel to review big tech bias against conservatives, according to The Wall Street Journal.
According to the Journal:
President Trump is considering establishing a panel to review complaints of anticonservative bias on social media, according to people familiar with the matter, in a move that would likely draw pushback from technology companies and others.
The plans are still under discussion but could include the establishment of a White House-created commission that would examine allegations of online bias and censorship, these people said.
The administration could also encourage similar reviews by federal regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Election Commission, they said.
Pence added that conservative media voices are vital to the public getting accurate information in the election year.
The vice president also noted that the establishment media had gotten several major stories wrong, including Trump's impeachment and the Mueller investigation, asserting that the public needs more voices.
“The great news is there are—in addition to Breitbart—there are great and consistent voices bringing the facts to the American people,” Pence said.
“While many in the mainstream media have been after this president, after this administration, since before our inauguration, it’s been that chorus of voices on the Internet that have brought forth the truth and the facts to the American people."
"Whether it be the whole Mueller investigation or the Russia hoax or whether it be the impeachment that was brought forward and rejected by the Senate, it’s been those voices that’s made a difference for America, and we have every confidence going forward that we’re going to make sure the First Amendment rights of people who cherish freedom and cherish what this president has been able to do for this country are preserved, and I have every confidence that with that great army of conservative thinkers on the Internet we’re going to drive toward a great victory come November.”
#PresidentDonaldTrump's administration has launched a new tool designed to fight online #censorship and big tech bias by allowing people to report instances where they have been censored, directly to the White House.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) May 16, 2019
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Pence was asked if recent GOP win in California’s 25th congressional district special election signaled a “red wave” in November.
“Don’t leave out Wisconsin too. It was a couple of great wins,” Pence said.
“Look, I couldn’t be more proud to be vice president to President Donald Trump. In our first three years, this is a president who rebuilt our military, who appointed more principled conservatives to our courts than any president in history," Pence said.
"This is a president who revived the American economy after the slowest post-session recovery in history under the Obama administration," he added.
"Millions of jobs created through tax cuts, regulatory relief, unleashing American energy, free and fair trade. And this is a president who has led our nation through one of the greatest challenges in the last century that has saved lives."
"He stood up not just a whole-of-government response, but he stood up a whole-of-America response. He marshaled not just the full power of the federal government but the full power of the American economy to meet this moment," Pence said.
"We’re going to continue to do that as we continue to build up our supply reserves and continue to develop therapeutics and vaccines going forward."
"I think as the American people see the leadership that President Donald Trump has provided this nation they know that come November that President Donald Trump is exactly the right man to lead our nation’s economy back and to keep America strong, secure, prosperous, and healthy, and I’m looking forward to campaigning with him all the way to another victory in November 2020.”