Trump: 'We As a Country Cannot Tolerate Political Censorship, Blacklisting, and Rigged Search Results'

By Susan Jones | August 31, 2018 | 5:22am EDT
President Trump addresses a campaign rally in support of Republican senate candidate Mike Braun in Evansville, Indiana on August 30. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - Speaking at a campaign rally in Indiana Thursday night, President Trump added a new element to his stump speech -- political censorship.

He told the crowd that his administration is standing up for the free speech rights of all Americans, liberals and conservatives alike:

"Very importantly, my administration is also standing up for the free speech rights of all Americans -- free speech rights. Look at social media. There's a thing called free speech rights.


"You look at Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants. And I've made it clear that we as a country cannot tolerate political censorship, blacklisting and rigged serach results.

"And you know it can go the other way also. We will not let large corporations silence conservative voices. And it can -- it can go the other way too, someday. It can play little tricks with them. We're not going to let them control what we can and cannot see, read and learn from. We can't do that.

"America is a free country. And we are going to stay always a free country."

Next week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The hearing is entitled, "Twitter: Transparency and Accountability."

Earlier this week, President Trump responded to a report that a Google search for the topic "Trump News" produced mostly negative stories: "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD," Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

"Fake CNN is prominent,” he tweeted. “Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on 'Trump News' are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!"

In April, the Media Research Center -- the parent organization of -- released a groundbreaking report exposing efforts to censor conservatives and silence conservative speech on major online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube.

The MRC has now joined other conservative groups in forming a new, permanent coalition called Conservatives Against Online Censorship.

This new coalition is urging Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube to provide transparency; provide clarity on ‘hate speech’; provide equal footing for conservatives; and mirror the First Amendment.

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