Trump Should Quit Twitter — After He Wins

Twitter is like crack — something we keep using even though we know better, even though it might kill us. All the social networks have some resemblance to that drug, but Twitter most of all. It especially mesmerizes people in the media who feel they must make their mark on it or suffer the worst fate imaginable — to be ignored.

Twitter is also said to be seriously biased against the right, sometimes even the milder center-right. At first, this seemed exaggerated, but the truth may be greater than we imagined. The well-respected Sean Davis of The Federalist was skeptical, but just found one of his tweets was "shadowbanned." Twitter even admitted it. And the subject was important, perhaps even crucial, as it related to the ongoing Russia/FISA investigations. Davis tweeted:

Twitter confirmed to me today via e-mail that it did shadowban one of my tweets about Lisa Page's congressional testimony in order to "keep people safe[.]" Twitter deliberately deleted the tweet/URL, yet kept it visible for me when I was logged in so I'd think it was still up.

To "keep people safe" [bold obviously mine]. How's that for Politburo-speak? Orwell couldn't have done better. The Social Justice Warriors seem to have taken over Twitter — or maybe that's what its management really is. You can read Davis' whole thread here.

In any case, it's just the tip of a discriminatory iceberg based on algorithms we will never know. In the early days of computers, we used to say "garbage in/garbage out." Now it's "ideology in/ideology out." And everyone gets indoctrinated, most often without realizing it.

Meanwhile, to borrow a phrase, what is to be done?

Twitter and its fellow social media sites (Facebook, etc.) are all tech giants patronized by an extraordinary percentage of humanity, including conservatives and libertarians of all stripes. These companies are, as we know, private and therefore the same conservatives and libertarians are loath to interfere with them.

Nevertheless, some are proposing anti-trust legislation of various sorts. Whether you like this or not, in the short run it is highly unlikely to happen. The Democrats control the House and, whatever public pronouncements they may make, are not about to handcuff the very companies that are getting them elected, especi

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Romney calls out Trumps attacks on heroic McCain

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, denounced Donald Trump Tuesday over the president’s latest attacks on John McCain.

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I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God.

  6:49 PM - Mar 19, 2019

In an interview with CNN in January, Romney pledged to make his disagreements with the president known.

“Where I disagree, I’ll point that out,” Romney said, and he got that opportunity on Tuesday.

During an Oval Office appearance with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Trump railed against McCain’s 2017 Senate vote against a Republican bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act.

“I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be,” Trump said of McCain, who died of cancer on Aug. 25, 2018

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The Memo Rough road awaits any Trump rival in GOP primary

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is pushing the door open for a possible primary challenge to President Trump — but even Republicans who are lukewarm about the president are divided on the merits of the idea. 

In an interview published in The Washington Post on Monday, Hogan sought to counter perceptions that he is just too centrist for the modern-day GOP.

He proclaimed himself a member of “the Ronald Reagan school of politics” and said of the president, “Sometimes he’s his own worst enemy, and there is a better way to accomplish things.”

Hogan, who visited Iowa earlier this month and will go to New Hampshire in April, acknowledged that the chances of vanquishing Trump from within the GOP at this moment look close to nonexistent. But he suggested that situation might not last forever — or even until the end of the year.

“Of course you couldn’t win a Republican primary challenge today,” he told the Post’s Robert Costa and Erin Cox. “But I also have been around long enough to know that things can change very rapidly. ... A lot can happen all spring and summer and into the fall.”

Hogan is a little more than two months into his second term as governor of a liberal-leaning state. He is much more of a traditional Republican than Trump and, as a cancer survivor, has a compelling personal story to tell. 

Some GOP critics of Trump believe the president’s divisiveness and incendiary style leave room for a rival to run.

“The conventional wisdom is that Trump has the game rigged [within the GOP] and now has a seriously well-funded campaign, something he didn’t have when he won the last primary,” said Rick Tyler, who served as communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign. “But now we’ve had two years of the Trump administration, and I think he is ripe for drawing himself a primary challenger.”

Others are much less confident, however.

They note that Trump retains very high approval ratings with Republican voters, even as his opinion poll numbers with the electorate at large remain mediocre. Trum

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Democrats are complaining about what they say is the media’s penchant for heaping loads of praise on the white men running against President Donald Trump in 2020.

They want to know why female candidates are not receiving similar treatment.

National media are heaping too much praise on Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, according to Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic political consultant. It’s not fair to the women in the race for the White House and is starting to look a lot like a replay of 2016 when reporters focused on then-candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, she said.

“I feel like the media is always captivated by the person they seem to think is a phenom: Bernie. Trump. Beto. But they always seem to be white men who are phenoms,” Marsh told Politico Friday. “In a year where we have more choices than ever, more women and more persons of color than ever, none of them seem to be deemed a phenom.”

She added: “Not one woman got that kind of coverage. Not one. Not Kamala. Not Kirsten. Not Elizabeth Warren. Not Amy Klobuchar in a blizzard.”

A Democratic adviser for Clinton, a former secretary of state during the Obama administration, mirrored Marsh’s sentiments. 

“I fully appreciate that he can espouse progressive values as a Democrat, that’s a benefit for the Democratic field. I don’t welcome being fed the retro candidacy,” Tracy Sefl, a Democratic strategist and onetime Clinton adviser, told reporters. “There’s a romanticizing of him. It’s the artful Vanity Fair cover — but in reality he was in Keokuk, Iowa in a coffee shop. That’s the product of romanticizing.”

There’s also a gender imbalance at play, Democratic pollster and strategist Celinda Lake said. The women running have received the bulk of the negative coverage, she added. Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, for instance, was forced to defend reports about treating her staff poorly. She also got dinged for eating a salad with a comb.

“I think if you look at the pattern, there is a real distinction between the way men were covered and the way the women were covered. There’s

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