The Former Guy Won’t “Like” Facebook’s Decision
But I still don’t understand why Zuckerberg lets him hang around
Yeah, the former guy won’t like — nor will he be able to “like” — Wednesday’s Facebook Oversight Board decision. They basically continued his alleged “ban” from the site, but told CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his minions that they had six months to decide if the Orange Oaf should be removed from the social media site forever.
I placed the word “ban” in quotation marks because that’s never been what all of this is about. Unlike Twitter, which took Trumplethinskin’s account down after the January 6 Far-Right Insurrection, Facebook has allowed the page of the former occupant of the Oval Office to linger the past four months, with the incendiary posts that got him into trouble in the first place hanging around in cyberspace for all to see — and comment upon.
So, while pubs like the L.A. Times call the former guy’s continued presence on Zuckerberg’s social media behemoth a “weird zombie shrine”, the mere fact that anyone can read his sick pronouncements is still doing the work Comrade Minus and his icky ilk intended in the first place.
No, the twice-impeached man-baby can’t post anything on his Facebook page. But his lemmings can still comment. And comment, they have.
His last post is one of those that got him in hot water to begin with.
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful,” Trump scribbled shortly after 3 p.m. on January 6. “No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
Some, I know, read this as a call to his supporters to stand down. But a glance at a previous Facebook screed tells another story.
Prior to another BS post exhorting his hordes to “Stay peaceful!”, the Orange Ogre who incited the mob wrote this as his repugnant supporters marched on the U.S. Capitol, our Citadel of Freedom: “[Then Vice President] Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”
Hey, you Cacophonous Cantaloupe — Tell that to the second-in-command, who was set upon by the bloodthirsty mob. At your urging, I might add. I’m no Mike Pence fan, but heck, someone even erected a gallows for the Veep on the Capitol lawn.
Even though Orange Foolius has no power to post or comment on his Facebook page (yet — check this space six months from now), the site has turned into an incredibly bizarre “time capsule”.
If you had the time to tabulate the entries (and, Praise Jesus — as my Nana would say — I don’t), you’d count up to 700,000 mostly unctious, obsequious, deluded responses to posts Minus-45 made on January 6 and before.
And no, I’m not linking to this traitorous moron’s Facebook page. He gets enough undeserved press as it is.
I’ve never really understood Zuckerberg’s end game on this — or on a lot of issues, for that matter. He appears to walk the fine line between support for the First Amendment and the more-than-venal desire to acquire even more wealth. Or maybe the little nerd just wants to collect a few cyber “friends” and shies away from hurting anyone’s precious feelings. He’s gone back and forth between attempting to regulate lies on his platform to downright encouraging them more than once.
But if the January 6 Far-Right Insurrection — inspired, provoked and enabled by the former guy, this insidious traitor’s warped and damaged family members, and just plain creepy and compromised criminal wannabes like Rudy Colludy — isn’t a reason to take down a burgeoning online platform of hateful, bilious dreck, I don’t know what is.
Perhaps we should ask Mr. Zuckerberg. He has a Facebook account, too. I know he’d love to hear from you.