Tulsi Gabbard is Calling on Americans to Unite Against Big Tech Censorship
2020 Democrat says firms are abusing 'power to undermine our freedom of speech'
2020 presidential candidate and anti-establishment Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has released a new video calling for conservatives and liberals to unite against Big Tech censorship and their assault on free expression.
Gabbard is suing Google over alleged censorship after the Internet search giant shut down her ad campaign.
“This concentration of power and influence is a direct threat to our democracy, which is why I’ve taken action against Google and will continue to advocate for breaking up these tech monopolies and ending their power to undermine our freedom of speech,” said Gabbard.
“They have banned voices, who, while controversial and maybe even distasteful, have not incited violence or threatened others.
"Their sole offense was expressing a view that these corporations deemed unacceptable.”
“Whether we’re progressives or conservatives, left or right, if we do not stand united in this struggle to protect our freedoms, we all lose.”
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The shutting down came shortly after the first Democrat presidential debate, at precisely the moment when her bid for the White House was attracting renewed attention from Google users.
The campaign seeks a legal injunction against Google to prevent further election meddling, as well as $50 million in damages.
Because of her vocal stance against Big Tech censorship, the mainstream media has attacked Gabbard.
Left-wing magazine Vice recently ran an article accusing the Democrat candidate of “taking a page from the far-right’s playbook” by talking about online censorship.
“The complaint from Gabbard’s fading campaign …. showcases how the far left and right have forged a weird alliance in bashing Silicon Valley,” wrote Vice.
"It also outlines how their Big-Tech playbooks diverge," the magazine added.
Gabbard is known for taking stances that anger establishment Democrats. Her strong anti-war stance and her recent decision to co-sponsor a bill with Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) to audit the Fed — a cause popularized by Ron Paul — put her on the anti-establishment wing of the party.
The establishment-friendly media has run hit pieces against Gabbard that echoed anti-Trump narratives, including the charge that her campaign is supported by “Russian propagandists.”