“[A] Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. And I wonder who that will be? I wonder who that will be? Who, who, who will that be? I wonder.”
Said Donald Trump, near the end of his CPAC speech yesterday (transcript).
There’s coy cuteness in the repeated “wonder” and the repeated “who”: “And I wonderwho that will be? I wonderwho that will be? Who, who, who will that be? I wonder.” It’s like the old doowop song:I wonder wonder who who who who…
“I’m relieved Donald Trump is no longer President. In fact, I’m downright ecstatic. This is the best I’ve felt in weeks.
Trump was four years of faint hope, failed promises and false narratives.
Oh, don’t get me wrong he was also entertaining as hell, did many things I fundamentally agreed with and accelerated the collapse of the biggest, most corrupt organization ever created in human history.
He made a mockery of the media, stood tall until the final days of his presidency against a self-congratulatory bureaucracy and forced out into the open the depths of the depravity of our ruling class.
I friggin’ love the guy for that.
But I’m also over it. It’s time to move on.
Today I feel no nostalgia for Trump or America 1.0.
I refuse to go into the same hysterical theatrics the Left did four years ago. Biden’s the president. The restoration is complete. He was selected no different than every president other than Trump since Reagan.
I have as much emotion for him as I had for Bush the Lesser, Clinton the Rapist or Obama the Enigma. …”
This is the most rational post so far about Trump’s suspension from Twitter and Facebook. What will it ultimately mean?
The worry is that the precedent set by Twitter will (unless overturned by the courts) result in a censorship regime in which a tiny minority of users are disadvantaged, essentially to show that the market can successfully discipline democracy.
David Timoney finds Trump’s supension odd. Indeed it is.
The suspension of Donald Trump from Twitter has been welcomed by many who believe that social media promotes echo chambers and disinformation. This strikes me as odd because Trump was clearly followed by people of all political persuasions, including opponents who derisively retweeted him. Short of blocking his account and muting the very mention of his name, it wasn’t possible to preserve your “filter bubble” from his yawping. He sought to expand his reach rather than limit it to the select few, and I can’t help wondering if he sometimes exaggerated the madness to this end. Contrary to his characterisation as a political exception, his strategy was a conventional one of both reinforcing his base and trying to attract additional supporters. He may be a racist but he was happy to welcome black and latinx voters to his camp. Similarly, his attempts at disinformation prompted broad and detailed pushback, not to mention ridicule. The actual echo chambers within which conspiracy theories are shared and plots hatched are to be found on private platforms, like WhatsApp and Telegram, not essentially public platforms like Twitter and Facebook. So why is there now a political focus on the latter?
“It is inconceivable that policymakers today, aided by their theoretical understanding of the mechanisms and by the statistical information at their disposal, would begin to make the serious errors committed by the governments in 1929-32.” J. Tobin