We ran into the comedian Wednesday in NYC and asked what she made of Elon Musk essentially saying he’s going to bring the ex-Prez back onto the bird app — once his mega $44-billion deal closes, that is — and she had a very nuanced answer that’s worth hearing.
Elon Musk says he would restore former President Donald Trump’s banned account on Twitter if his deal to acquire the company is completed.
Check it out … she says her feelings on this have evolved — first, it was relief that DT got the boot after Jan. 6 … but then she started thinking about what free speech is supposed to mean philosophically — namely, tolerating abhorrent speech you don’t agree with.
Sarah seems to have thought maybe Trump should’ve actually been allowed to stay in light of that — but upon further reflection … she suggests banning him might’ve been best.
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Her argument boils down to what our founding fathers envisioned when they were writing the Constitution, and she uses the Second Amendment as a good example of an arguably outdated fundamental right we have that didn’t have AR-15s in the minds of the framers when it was drafted.
That same logic, Sarah says, could be applied to social media … the OGs certainly didn’t foresee Twitter or the far-reaching impact it has on the masses.
By reinstating Trump, Elon Musk is condoning lies and disinformation. He’s clearly comfortable with someone inciting violence to overthrow our Government. The march towards Autocracy continues.
She also invokes Nazi Germany to make her point, but kinda flips it — because it seems the Germans realized the power of misinformation in their own history, as they’re now cracking down on social media … something SS, and others think America should do too.