(CNSNews.com) – During a joint White House press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, President Donald Trump said something has to be done about social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook censoring conservatives.
Daily Caller White House Correspondent Saagar Enjeti asked Trump, “You tweeted in support of Congressmen Nunes’s suit against Twitter. That’s part of a larger discussion that Senator Josh Hawley’s been leading about making social media companies liable for the content that is on their platform, which they’re not currently. Is that an idea or a change in law that you would support?”
“We have to do something. I tell you. I have many, many millions of followers on Twitter, and it’s different than it used to be. Things are happening. Names are taken off. People aren’t getting through,” Trump said.
“You’ve heard the same complaints, and it seems to be if they’re conservative, if they’re Republicans, if they’re in a certain group, there’s discrimination and big discrimination. I see it absolutely on Twitter and Facebook, which I have also, and also others I see, but I really focus on the one platform, and I have many different platforms,” the president said, adding that he has 60 million Twitter followers and 100 million people if you add those following his Facebook page.
Trump used the word “collusion” to describe social media’s censorship of conservatives.
“We use the word collusion very loosely all the time, and I will tell you there is collusion with respect to that, because something has to be going on,” he said, adding that statements made by social media executives display “the level of in many cases hatred they have for a certain group of people that happen to be in power, that happen to have won the election.”
“Something’s happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook and Google and Twitter, and I do think we have to get to the bottom of it,” the president said.
Trump also called out the mainstream media, who he called “fake news” for their coverage, and he praised the Brazilian president for using the term “fake news” during his remarks at the press conference.
“It’s collusive, and it’s very, very fair to say that we have to do something about it, and if we don’t, the incredible thing is that we can win an election and we have such a stacked deck, and that includes networks frankly. You look at the networks. You look at the news. You look at the newscasts. I call it fake news,” he said.
“I’m very proud to hear the president use the term fake news, but you look at what’s happening with the networks. You look at what’s happening with different shows, and it’s hard to believe we win, but I’ll tell you what it really shows. The people are smart. The people get it. They’ll go through all of that, whatever it is they’re fed, and in the end, they pull the right lever. It’s a very, very dangerous situation, so I think-- I agree. I think something has to be looked at very closely,” the president said.
Trump was also asked whether he would entertain adding more justices to the Supreme Court as Democratic presidential candidates are proposing.
“On the 2020 election, there’s a growing number of Democratic candidates who have endorsed the idea of adding seats to the Supreme Court. Is that an idea that you would entertain in the remainder of your term or possible next term or is that not something that you agree with?” Enjeti asked.
“No, I wouldn’t entertain that,” the president said. “The only reason is that they’re doing is they want to try and catch up, so if they can’t catch up through the ballot box by winning an election, they want to try doing it in a different way. Now we would have no interest in that whatsoever. It’ll never happen. It won’t happen. I guarantee you it won’t happen for six years.”