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Ex-GOP strategist roasts Musk's big Twitter reveal: No 'constitutional right' to post Hunter Biden's genitals
On Saturday, writing for The Bulwark, former Republican strategist Tim Miller scorched billionaire Twitter owner Elon Musk and reporter Matt Taibbi for releasing what they called "The Twitter Files" — a series of internal conversations that revealed the details of how the platform decided, erroneously, to suppress reporting on Hunter Biden's laptop as disinformation, but that really didn't show any misconduct at all.
Republicans have long tried to raise controversy about Hunter Biden, who allegedly attempted to profit from his connection to his father's name when he was vice president — though there is no evidence his father was aware of or involved in this — and who is under federal investigation for firearm and tax offenses. And part of the story centers on a laptop that was allegedly left in a repair shop and which, Republicans have insinuated, contains material linking the president to these misadventures.
"Now if you are one of the normals — someone who would never think about posting another person’s penis on your social media account; has no desire to see politicians’ kids’ penises when scrolling social media; doesn’t understand why there are other people out there who care one way or another about the moderation policies surrounding stolen penis photos; or can’t even figure out what it is that I’m talking about — then this might seem like a gratuitous matter for an article," wrote Miller. "Sadly, it is not."
The issue, Miller wrote, is that Musk and his boosters built this up as a sort of earth-shattering First Amendment issue, suppressing Republicans' right to political speech — when it was nothing of the sort. In particular, the supposed "smoking gun" that initially had a number of GOP commentators up in arms was a message that employees were acting on requests from "the Biden team" to remove tweets — which turned out to be not tweets promoting the story, but pictures of Hunter Biden naked.
People do not, in fact, "have a constitutional right to post Hunter Biden's d*ck pic on Twitter," Miller wrote.
This whole story, Miller continued, has nothing scandalous in it at all.
"Campaigns of all ideological stripes have direct lines into social media companies and make requests about offending content," he wrote. Furthermore, "In this specific instance, the requests came from a campaign that has absolutely no government authority at all. At the time of the correspondence in question, Joe Biden was a private citizen running for office." And "Why MAGA Republicans and Elon Musk are so adamant that people be able to post photos of Hunter’s johnson is something that should probably be explored with their respective preachers or psychiatrists."
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday flat-out called for the "termination" of the United States Constitution so that he could be returned to the presidency.
Reacting to the news that Twitter in the runup to the 2020 election removed tweets that featured pornographic photos of Hunter Biden, Trump declared that the entire election had been stolen from him and demanded to be returned to the presidency.
"So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?" Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. "A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great 'Founders' did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!"
This is not the first time Trump has called for his reinstatement as president, although this is the first time he has acknowledged that doing so would require the United States to shred its own Constitution on his behalf.
New York Times reporter Peter Baker wrote on Twitter that this seems like a dangerous new milestone for Trump.
"Needless to say, can't think of a time in the United States when a former president (and would-be future president) has called for suspending the Constitution to let him seize power," he wrote. "Even after all the shocks of the last few years, this one is remarkable."
Cuban cultural authorities have declared the musical movement known as Nueva Trova, a folk-music genre melding poetry and progressive politics, to be part of the nation's cultural heritage, the official newspaper Granma reported Saturday.
The decision was announced Friday at the park in the city of Manzanillo where 50 years earlier, at a gathering of "young troubadours," the movement was sparked by singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and guitarist and singer Pablo Milanes, who died recently.
Deputy culture minister Fernando Leon said Nueva Trova is being recognized "in order to contribute to the sustainability, viability and visibility of this important cultural expression."
Drawing inspiration from US folk and protest musicians like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Nueva Trova drew on the themes of the Castro revolution and its lyrics were often critical of US policies.
Nueva Trova was also related to the politically tinged Nueva Cancion music popular in parts of South America in the 1960s and 1970s.
Rodriguez, 76, is now one of the movement's few original proponents still living.
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