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January 8, 2022

GOP Goes After ‘Big Tech’ Following Greene’s Twitter Ban

After Twitter banned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)’s personal account, Republicans are bolstering their attacks against “Big Tech” and social media giants.

Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing statement, saying the platform was “a disgrace to democracy.”

“They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country,” Trump said. “Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people. They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like low-life Twitter and Facebook.”

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) addressed the situation, vowing that the GOP will hold the social media giant “accountable,” should they win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

Twitter banned Trump a year ago, but experts say Greene’s ban sets a “more far-reaching precedent,” since Trump’s ban came as he was about to leave office.

“The fact that Twitter cut her off, despite being an elected official, is a substantial change in the broad latitude that elected officials have had in the past,” said Darrell West, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also criticized the company’s decision to permanently suspend a “sitting member of Congress.”

“It is clear any speech that does not fit Big Tech’s orthodoxy gets muzzled. America is poorer for that conduct,” McCarthy said in a statement.

Twitter’s action against Greene is fueling accusations from the GOP that “Big Tech” has an anti-conservative bias.

McCarthy said he directed “relevant committees and task forces to continue their work in getting answers — voluntarily or through rigorous congressional oversight — from Twitter and other Big Tech companies surrounding their decision to silence certain Americans and to hold these companies accountable.”

“House Republicans will be ready to take action that protects Americans when they express their constitutionally safeguarded views, just like we have laws on the books today that prohibit discrimination by corporations in many other contexts,” he said. 


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Twitter’s Marjorie Taylor Greene ban fuels GOP attacks on ‘Big Tech’

September 7, 2021

Watchdog group requests ethics investigation over GOP retaliation threats

A watchdog group is calling for an investigation into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for violating rules by threatening retaliation against communications companies who comply with records requests.

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots requested documents from 35 tech and communications firms. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) argue that both McCarthy and Greene violated House rules by threatening to retaliate against companies that turn over the documents.

“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,” McCarthy wrote. “If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”

McCarthy did not specify which federal law he was referring to.

“If these telecommunications companies, if they go along with this, they will be shut down. And that’s a promise,” Greene said.

CREW filed an official complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

“Threatening retaliation for complying with legally valid document demands and preservation requests appears to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1505, which prohibits obstructing congressional investigations, and does not reflect creditably on the House,” the complaint read.

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Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy’s Jan. 6 comments.

September 1, 2021

GOP demands action for hundreds of Americans left behind in Kabul

House Republicans called for a vote on legislation that would keep US troops in Afghanistan until every last American is evacuated.

Approximately two dozen Republicans, including some who served in Afghanistan, attended a short House session amid the summer recess to pass a bill that would delay the military’s withdrawal.

However, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who presided over the meeting, led a moment of silence to honor the 13 service members killed in the Kabul terror attack last week. Then she adjourned without any further action, prompting adverse reactions from GOP members.

“Never in my lifetime would I ever believe America would have an administration knowingly make a decision to leave Americans behind,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said. “Now is not the time to hide. We are a co-equal branch. Now is the time for leadership in Congress.”

There are approximately 100 to 200 Americans who haven’t been evacuated, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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GOP demands keeping troops in Kabul until all Americans evacuated

August 20, 2021

McCarthy sets sights on regaining House majority

House Minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is leading the charge to regain the chamber’s majority in the 2022 midterm elections. McCarthy points to the retirement of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) as a potentially pivotal moment.

“When you sit back and you look and you want to pinpoint when was the bellwether, when was the moment in time that you truly felt that you knew that the majority was in play and you had the capability of winning – when Ron Kind said that he was retiring,” McCarthy said.

The GOP needs to regain five seats to obtain the House majority they lost in the 2018 midterms. McCarthy believes that more House Democrats will soon retire.

“Once you get past Thanksgiving and members go home, and they’re Democrats and they’ve been challenged before and they’re going to get beat up, Congress is not that great,” he said. “They’ve got new lines where they have to go meet new people and they’re still going to have the White House. They’re going to make a decision to retire, that’s the best time so they can go get another job. When we get that retirement number up higher, into double-digit figures, the whole thing becomes a different play.”

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