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Contrary To Liberal Reports, Trolls On Social Media Didn’t Get Trump Elected

Time for Democrats to try a new narrative. This one’s been exploded to pieces.

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Ever since President Trump was sworn into office, folks on the left have been claiming that trolls on social media are largely responsible for his upset of left-wing fan favorite Hillary Clinton, a narrative they have pushed, investigated, and worn into the ground on numerous occasions for three years now.

The truth of the matter is, this was never the case with Trump’s victory. What liberals in this country simply refuse to admit is that Obama’s eight years in office were a complete and utter disaster, having wrecked our health care system and increased oppressive taxation by astronomical numbers. Small businesses faltered, people lost their jobs, and things were pretty terrible.

Trump was elected because people were sick and tired of liberal policies and all the wacky political correctness being pushed everywhere. They wanted something different. Something less radically left-wing. When the Democratic Party refused to provide something along those lines, they voted for Trump.

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The Daily Wire has more on why this whole narrative about social media trolls was bogus:

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Of course, this was always bogus, as there was never enough ads or groups pushing disinformation (on either side of the political aisle) or money spent to have made a difference. Media outlets and anti-Trump pundits continued to push the idea that the ads were targeted in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and were enough to persuade enough people in those states to vote for Trump over Hillary Clinton.

The claim has been already debunked – by FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver – but now The Washington Post’s Philip Bump is calling out the claim. For reference, the Post has also pushed the narrative that Russian social media trolls influenced the election to such a degree that Trump illegitimately won. From Bump:

That social media push, though? Well, it was more compelling as a narrative, certainly, involving murky, modern terms such as “bots” and “targeting.” But, as I’ve written before, there’s very little evidence that Russia effectively targeted American voters with messages that powered Trump’s victory. Russia paid for a lot of Facebook ads in the populous states of New York and Texas in the last five weeks of the campaign, but its ads targeting the three states that handed Trump the election — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — were seen by only 1,000 people. There’s no evidence at all that Russia used Twitter to target people in particular places or demographic groups, targeting that would have left fingerprints in the form of receipts for payment.

Bump then dismantled a new study that is making the media rounds purporting to show that Russian trolls really did impact the 2016 election. The study found that “a gain of 25,000 re-tweets per week over all [Internet Research Agency] IRA tweets (or about 10 extra re-tweets per tweet per week), predicted approximately one percent increase in Donald Trump’s poll numbers.”

As Bump noted, the study is yet another example of correlation versus causation. For example, the study found that Trump’s support jumped to 44% “when IRA tweets were at their most successful,” but Bump pointed out that Trump’s support was similarly high in late 2015 when the IRA tweets were not successful.

At the end of the day, if Democrats want to stand a chance against President Trump in 2020, they need to pull themselves back to the center and start fighting to protect our rights rather than trying to destroy them in favor of a socialist nightmare that nobody wants.

The question is whether or not they will listen to the voice of the people and stop trying to force feed progressivism down our throats. Seems highly unlikely at this point. Just look at the kind of candidates running for office and the junk they’re espousing for policy positions.

Trump is looking good for another victory next year.

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Apple Backs Down, Will Allow Parler Back on App Store

The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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Free speech is a fickle thing, and precious too.  If we’re not careful, it can be stripped away but those who hide behind the claim that a “private” company can limit your personal freedoms. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are almost always the culprits here, bending the algorithmic reach of those with whom they disagree. Enter Parler:  A free speech app where only the bare legal minimum of content would be moderated. The platform became incredibly popular with an astonishing swiftness, but soon faced trouble from companies who had previously aligned themselves with Facebook and Twitter’s more controlling stance. Apple, who had previously booted Parler from its App Store, has now relented to the Constitution. Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday. The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, to be downloaded once again on Apple devices. The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple’s platform in January for violations of its policies, Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.” On April 14, Apple’s app review team told Parler that its proposed changes were sufficient, the letter continued. Now, all Parler needs to do is to flip the switch. The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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WATCH: NC Man Slings Rabid Bobcat Across His Front Yard

WOW!

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For many North Carolinians, neighborhood living brings with it the peace of mind that the most invasive animals you might have to deal with are squirrels who are trying to rest in your attic, or raccoons hoping to fatten up from your trash can.  The Tar Heel state has some bears, sure, but they’re not often the pestering or dangerous type like you might see in the Pacific Northwest or parts of California. But one man this week got up close and personal with a seriously frightening creature this week, after it lunged at his wife from underneath their car. A disturbing video captures the moment a rabid bobcat attacks a North Carolina woman—and the moment her husband grabs it off her and throws it through the air. Kristi and Happy Wade of Burgaw were walking to their SUV to take their cat to the vet the morning of April 9 when the growling animal ran across the street and attacked, WIS-TVreports. After throwing it several feet, Happy Wade eventually shot it after it ran into the couple’s garage and then continued to charge, ABC 11 reports. A neighbor who had been jogging by at the time stopped to help and called 911. Video of the incident is simply unbelievable. https://twitter.com/nojumper/status/1383145940807163904?s=20 The bobcat was injured by Wade and later euthanized by local law enforcement.  An autopsy revealed that the animal was indeed rabid, and the family has been undergoing treatment for their numerous bite wounds.

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