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Joe Biden raised eyebrows on Monday when he gave a series of bizarre comments about inflation, misinformation, and other major topics.
While speaking to reporters from the White House, Biden began by discussing the state of the economy during his first six months in office.
It didn’t take long for Biden to make things weird when he held up his hands to act as if he was looking in a mirror when going after those who he claims are spreading “misinformation” about vaccinations.
“You said last week that companies and platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’ by,” a reporter began asking Biden before he cut her off.
“I mean precisely what I said, I’m glad you asked me that question,” Biden said.
“One, I had just read that on Facebook, Facebook pointed out, it was pointed out that Facebook, of all the misinformation, 60 percent of the misinformation came from 12 individuals. That’s what the article said. So I was asked that question about what do I think is happening. Facebook isn’t killing people, these 12 people are out there giving misinformation. Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It’s killing people. It’s bad information,” he added.
“My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally that somehow I’m saying Facebook is killing people, that they would do something about the misinformation, the outrageous misinformation about the vaccine. That’s what I meant,” he said.
Joe Biden says people who spread vaccine misinformation should “look in the mirror.”
Biden spent months sowing doubt about the vaccine last year.
Biden should look in the mirror and apologize. pic.twitter.com/LLcRBPmM7L
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 19, 2021
America First Legal, a group led former senior White House advisor Stephen Miller, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and a number of senior members of the Trump administration, has filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with several government agencies requesting documents relating to the Biden administration’s decision to direct social media companies to censor speech on their platforms.
The group filed requests on Friday with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health requesting “all documents, records, and communications relating to the Biden Administration’s decision to direct big tech companies to censor speech on their platforms, abridging the First Amendment rights of the American people,” the group stated in a press release.
The group noted that on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that the White House has been working with Facebook to flag down “problematic posts” written by Americans, in what she described as “misinformation.”
“The American people have a right to know who from the government is saying what, to whom, and for what reasons,” the group stated. “A social media company taking down content with which it disagrees is a troubling practice, but a social media company doing so at the behest of the United States appears to be a violation of the First Amendment. Americans might expect such direct coordination between the government and big corporations in Cuba, or in China, but not in the United States.”
On Twitter, Miller wrote that America First Legal filed the FOIA request “to obtain all records regarding Biden Admin’s authoritarian collusion [with] Big Tech to unconstitutionally censor Americans.”
“[Psaki’s] stunning, if unwitting, confession confirms it is State Censorship,” wrote Miller, who was one of Trump’s most fervent advocates during the former president’s tenure in office.
BREAKING: America First Legal (https://t.co/lbf1yscZWP) filed an urgent FOIA request to obtain all records re: Biden Admin’s authoritarian collusion w/Big Tech to unconstitutionally censor Americans. @PressSec’s stunning, if unwitting, confession confirms it is State Censorship.
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) July 16, 2021
Miller, AFL’s president, wrote in the press statement:
“Jen Psaki has unwittingly confirmed a shocking truth: the White House is using massive Big Tech companies as a censorship arm of the federal government. If true, this means that Big Tech censorship is state censorship and thus facially unconstitutional. There is no dividing line between government and big tech — it is an incestuous union, and you cannot tell where one ends and one begins,” Stephen Miller said. “Staffers flow freely back and forth, policy is made in tandem, and each protects the other. AFL is filing these urgent FOIA requests so the full scope of this earth-shaking scandal will be revealed — and so that, in turn, this unconstitutional behavior can be ended. The casual ease with which Psaki practically bragged about directing Big Tech to silence Americans is chilling. Authoritarian countries, not democracies, censor and blacklist their citizens. A tiny handful of companies control almost all communication in the U.S. The fact the White House has apparently admitted that they are acting as state agents and deplatforming Americans should horrify anyone and everyone who cares about civil liberties and the First Amendment.”
AFL board member Mark Meadows stated: “For the United States government to backchannel with big tech companies censoring speech is wrong, dangerous, and a brazen violation of Americans’ fundamental rights,” Meadows said. “America First Legal will hold them accountable.”