Fans of Donald Trump reacted with dismay on Wednesday after YouTube permanently banned conservative gadfly Dan Bongino for his attempt to circumvent their terms of service after receiving a temporary ban for spreading Covid misinformation.
In a statement to the Daily Beast a spokesperson for the video platform explained, “We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account. When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension. If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to use, own or create any other YouTube channels.”
With Bongino, a hardcore supporter of Trump and regular contributor on Fox News attempting to direct his supporters to YouTube rival Rumble, his fans took to Twitter to rage at the permanent ban.
"YouTube's loss. At least now we all know it's the Communist echo chamber they always wanted to be but never could admit to being," conservative Jeremy Frankel tweeted.
He was not alone in his complaining as you can see below:
YouTube\u2019s loss. At least now we all know it\u2019s the Communist echo chamber they always wanted to be but never could admit to being.\n\nSubscribe to @dbongino\u2019s Rumble channel:\nhttps://rumble.com/Bongino\u00a0https://twitter.com/brentbozell/status/1486474587948867585\u00a0\u2026— Jeremy Frankel (@Jeremy Frankel) 1643246537
Tyranny grows. GOP must retake congress and stop this censorship— The New Majority (@The New Majority) 1643238578
Dan Bongino broke YouTube \nGod Bless Dan and his 2m Rumble subscribers— Vince Langman (@Vince Langman) 1643233099
Censorship of speech only happened in authoritative countries. Will American be there soon?— \u6d41\u6d6a\u5976\u725b (@\u6d41\u6d6a\u5976\u725b) 1643235762
BREAKING: YouTube has PERMANENTLY banned @dbongino citing \u201cCOVID misinformation.\u201d\n\nDan Bongino is a patriot, a truth-teller, and an honorable American. That\u2019s the REAL reason why he was banned.\n\nWho\u2019s SICK of Big Tech censorship?— Joey Gilbert (@Joey Gilbert) 1643232404
Big Tech censorship strikes again.\n\nThis time, YouTube has permanently banned @dbongino.https://newsbusters.org/blogs/free-speech/catherine-salgado/2022/01/26/fox-news-host-dan-bongino-permanently-banned-youtube\u00a0\u2026— NewsBusters (@NewsBusters) 1643248500
Now YouTube has permanently banned Dan Bongino \u2014 one of the most popular conservative stars around. Yet, the news media still pretend there\u2019s no censorship of the right. \n\nConservatives better wake up. The press never will.— Brent Bozell (@Brent Bozell) 1643238133
YouTube bans Dan Bongino, but everyone who pushed Russia Collusion, which was a lie, still has their channels!— Diamond and Silk\u00ae (@Diamond and Silk\u00ae) 1643231237
Who is the YouTube top virologist that decides what\u2019s misinformation? Is he appointed by Dr. Fauci?— abdesam \ud83c\uddf5\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddfb\ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@abdesam \ud83c\uddf5\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddfb\ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1643258319
When is the last time a prominent democrat was banned from YouTube or Twitter for any reason?— Saavy Investor (@Saavy Investor) 1643245190
I can't wait for the @dbongino defamation suit against google!! He is going to make millions and millions of dollars just as soon as he proves what he was saying was not misinformation.— Jay Rock (@Jay Rock) 1643246682
So much for Freedom of Speech. So we're Forced to listen to a lying government and we aren't allowed to believe what We want or listen to someone other than our corrupt government. Sad times folks... Very Sad.— Eric Harlan (@Eric Harlan) 1643247189
Civil war expert recoils in horror at interviews with Trump fans: 'They don’t want democracy anymore'
The U.S. recently fell out of the rankings of democratic nations, and one expert worries that it will happen again -- and tip the country into civil war.
Barbara Walter, a University of California professor and an expert on civil conflicts, recently wrote about the political volatility in the U.S. since the Jan. 6 insurrection, which dropped the country into the anocracy zone, and she told CNN the riot had made the deadly risks from Donald Trump's lies "impossible to deny and ignore."
"Anocracies are neither fully democratic nor fully autocratic; their citizens enjoy some elements of democratic rule (e.g., elections), while other rights (e.g., due process or freedom of the press) suffer," Walter wrote for the Washington Post. "In the last weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, the respected Center for Systemic Peace (CSP) calculated that, for the first time in more than two centuries, the United States no longer qualified as a democracy. It had, over the preceding five years, become an anocracy."
President Joe Biden's peaceful inauguration moved the polity ranking back into the democratic zone, but Walter warned the threat remained, putting the U.S. at real risk of additional violence and instability, and Walter reacted with alarm when a CNN host showed her interviews with Trump supporters who refused to accept the former president had lost the election.
"Well, 10 years ago, [my reaction] would have been shock and disbelief," Walter said. “I would have thought, ‘Well she’s an outlier and she’s not representative of anything larger than a fringe movement, maybe.' But of course, that’s not the case anymore.”
Walter and others who study civil conflict have been sounding the alarm for years, but she said no wanted to believe the risks, but she said Trump and his right-wing media allies have corroded trust in democracy itself -- with already fatal results.
“Citizens do believe what they are hearing and if they hear it long enough and consistently enough and if that’s all they hear, they absolutely don’t think it’s a lie, they think it’s the truth,” Walter said.
"You know, they're good people," she added. "They are trying to do what they think is right. It's the leadership that's cynical. It's the leadership that knows better who is feeding them lies consistently. They’re priming their supporters to believe that democracy isn’t worth defending because they don’t want democracy anymore."
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Incumbent Republican governors in multiple states are facing primary challenges for being viewed as insufficiently extreme in the GOP's era of Donald Trump.
"Months away from their primary contests in this 2022 midterm election, a number of Republican governors nationwide are under siege," The Daily Beast reported Thursday. "Of the 15 GOP chief executives who are running for re-election, eight are facing at least one primary challenger running a real campaign. That number stands in stark contrast to the number of credible primary threats faced by the eight Democratic governors running for re-election: zero. It’s an unprecedented phenomenon for the party, Republican operatives say."
The report noted most challenges were against Republicans who responded to the coronavirus pandemic and those viewed as insufficiently loyal to Trump.
"The Republican governors who didn’t reject public health measures wholesale—and even some who did—faced intense backlash from their right, which grew over the last two years into serious primary threats," The Beast reported."
Covid restrictions are driving the campaign against Idaho Gov. Brad Little by Lt. Gov.Janice McGeachin and against Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine by former Rep. Jim Renacci.
"That is a testament to Trump’s ironclad hold on the GOP for a fourth election cycle. Indeed, his endorsement means as much as ever, and his singular ability to turn conservative darlings into enemies overnight is the wildcard in every Republican primary nationwide," the report noted. "The primary motivation for Trump to target GOP incumbents himself isn’t COVID, however, but his endless sense of grievance—particularly around the 2020 election."
In Georgia, the campaign against far-right Gov. Brian Kemp by former Sen. David Perdue is driven by the governor's refusal to overturn the 2020 election. The report noted the infighting could help Democrat Stacey Abrams win the seat in November.
"But even if the GOP’s primary bumper crop yields no flipped seats, the political impact could still be significant. If governors in safely red states are replaced with even more conservative and even more Trump-aligned Republicans, the party’s center of gravity in statehouses around the country will lurch further right. And in order to beat their challengers, incumbents will likely have to shift that way themselves.," The Beast explained.
Read the full report.