By working with Facebook to censor posts, the Biden Administration is doing “the same thing that you see happening” in communist countries like China and Cuba, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
In the interview, Sen. Cruz and Host Maria Bartiromo discussed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announcement last Friday that the Biden Administration had “increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s office” regarding coronavirus and is now “flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.”
By censoring facts that belie the government’s narrative, “Big Tech is doing the same damn thing here in the United States” that’s being done by dictators, Cruz told Bartiromo:
“I gotta say it’s the same thing that you see happening in a communist country like China, in a communist country like Cuba where, if there are facts that are contrary to the government orthodoxy, the dictatorship prevents you from sharing the facts.
“Big Tech is doing the same damn thing here in the United States. And it is a frightening threat, not just to free speech, but for the ability of the American people to learn the truth on a host of issues.”
Below is the transcript of the exchange between Cruz and Bartiromo:
Maria Bartiromo: “Senator, we were just going through all of the censorship that we have been seeing. It’s really disturbing to me that Facebook and all these other social media companies are censoring information that’s actually true.
“They really are letting down the American people, right before the election, censoring the Hunter Biden story. Banning The New York Post from Twitter and then going on to censor early treatments of COVID. We had on Sen. Ron Johnson and Dr. Peer Cory who went through things like Ivermectin, which was off-patent and nobody was making any money on it because it’s off-patent. But, it actually could have been a very important treatment for early days of COVID. They took all of those posts down. They wouldn’t allow you talk about Hydroxychloroquine. I mean, this is not just censorship for politics, they’re actually letting the American people down, in so many ways. Why? Is this the Communist Party’s influence?
Sen. Ted Cruz: “Well, listen, you are exactly right that the censorship has been over and over again silencing things that are true. They banned, for example, any arguments that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese government lab in Wuhan, China. And now it appears, the overwhelming weight of evidence suggests, that is in fact where it was originated: in a Chinese government lab.
“You mentioned The New York Post. As you know, I do a podcast every week called the ‘Verdict with Ted Cruz.’ I just filmed a podcast about an hour ago where I sat down with the editor of the editorial page of The New York Post. And we talked about their story in the fall of 2020 about Hunter Biden’s laptop. They broke that story, and Big Tech silenced it, took it down, and we now know that story was true. You covered it at the top of your show how that story was true. And I got to tell you, the New York post editorial page editor told me that, even when he tried to direct message the story to other people – people were asking, “Hey what’s the story?’ – Big Tech would block his direct messages, because they wanted to silence a story.
“The only justification for silencing the story is that it hurt Joe Biden and it helped Donald Trump. And Big Tech was behaving as the partisan enforcers to try to skew an election. And they did, in fact, skew an election. And they are continuing now to censor information, if it disagrees with the official government line.
“I gotta say it’s the same thing that you see happening in a communist country like China, in a communist country like Cuba, where, if there are facts that are contrary to the government orthodoxy, the dictatorship prevents you from sharing the facts.
“Big Tech is doing the same damn thing here in the United States. And it is a frightening threat, not just to free speech, but for the ability of the American people to learn the truth on a host of issues.
Maria Bartiromo: “Yeah, I’m very disturbed. I want to get to Cuba. I know that you have witnessed the effects of this communist regime first-hand with your father and your aunt. But first, on China, I mean, Joe Biden says he’s the one leader that knows Xi Jinping the best on the world stage. And that Xi Jinping truly believes he is going to acquire America and overtake America within 15 years. I mean they’re following our political debates, they’re piling on. Do the progressives understand the dangerous situation they are putting this country in, that the CCP has goals, their belt and road initiative, their civil military fusion? They want to overtake the United States. Is the Biden administration enabling it with all of this censorship?
Sen. Ted Cruz: “So, unfortunately, they are. And one of the sad realities today is that the Democratic Party is, structurally, pro-China. The Democratic Party today is funded by – their biggest funders are Big Tech. And Big Tech is in bed with the Chinese communists. Among the biggest funders of the Democratic Party are the giant corporations. And many of the giant corporations, the Fortune 50 and Fortune 100, are in bed with the Chinese Communist.”