Bernie Sanders Defends Trump From Social Media Ban

( An unlikely ally came to the defense of former President Donald Trump recently: Bernie San.

The independent senator who caucuses with Democrats, and has bashed Trump in the past, was actually on his side for once. Sanders joined Ezra Klein for a New York Times podcast recently, and said he didn’t like the fact that Trump was banned from Twitter.

While Sanders didn’t really have any kind words for the former president, he did say he believed the social media ban was unjust.

Klein asked Sanders: “Do you think there is truth to the critique that liberals have become too censorious and too willing to use their cultural and corporate and political power to censor or suppress ideas and products that offend them?”

Sanders responded:

“Look, you have a former president in Trump who was a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, a pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law. This is a bad-news guy.

“But if you’re asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that.

“Now, I don’t know what the answer is. Do you want hate speech and conspiracy theories traveling all over this country? No. Do you want the internet to be used for authoritarian purposes and an insurrection, if you like? No, you don’t.

“So, how do you balance that? I don’t know, but it is an issue that we have got to be thinking about. Because yesterday it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow, it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view.”

The senator then continued to say he doesn’t “like giving that much power to a handful of high-tech people. But the devil is obviously in the details, and it’s something we’re going to have to think long and hard on.”

There are many examples of how Twitter has unfairly applied their rules to Trump. People all over the world have sent similar messages to him, only to be allowed to stay on the platform.

Alexei Navalny, who is a prominent critic of the Putin regime in Russia, agrees. Here’s what he said in a thread on Twitter about Trump’s ban:

“In my opinion, the decision to ban rump was based on emotions and personal political preferences.

“Don’t tell me he was banned for violating Twitter rules. I get death threats here every day for many years, and Twitter doesn’t ban anyone (not that I ask for it) …

“Of course, Twitter is a private company, but we have seen many examples in Russia and China of such private companies becoming the state’s friends and the enablers when it comes to censorship.

“If you replace ‘Trump’ with ‘Navalny’ in today’s discussion, you will get an 80% accurate Kremlin answer as to why my name can’ be mentioned on Russian TV and I shouldn’t be allowed to participate in any elections.”