“Palo Alto Mafia” Censoring Conservatives: Trump 2020 Campaign Manager

Monday, October 29, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 10/29/2018

President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale renewed his criticism of social media companies on Monday for silencing conservative voices across several platforms, reports CNBC.

“I think that when the left found out that Facebook, a tool built by Silicon Valley, helped elect President Trump, they weren’t very happy,” Parscale told CBS This Morning. “And I think that you have multiple platforms I call the ‘Palo Alto mafia’ trying to stop that.”

In the interview, Parscale credited the Trump campaign’s dominance in Facebook advertising as a key contributor to its success in 2016. He referenced the wide gap between the number of Facebook ads Trump and Hillary Clinton placed during the run up to the election. Trump’s team placed 5.9 million ads compared to Clinton’s 66,000. -CNBC

Parscale, who was promoted to Trump’s 2020 campaign manager after spearheading his digital media strategy in 2016, was originally hired to build a website for Trump’s exploratory campaign in 2015.

Trump and other conservatives have slammed social media platforms over allegations of anti-Republican bias. In July, Trump accused Twitter of “shadow banning” prominent Republicans, vowing to “look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once!”

Trump’s tweet came after Brad Parscale, along with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, wrote a letter in May calling for the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to address concerns over conservative censorship ahead of the 2020 election, as well as a call for transparency.

“We recognize that Facebook and Twitter operate in liberal corporate cultures,” the letter reads. “However, rampant political bias is inappropriate for a widely used public forum.”

In August, President Trump tweeted that Google is “controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”

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