The TikTok Commander in Chief

How the Biden administration cares more about messaging than solving real-life problems.

The clock is ticking for the Ukrainian people as war criminal Vladimir Putin’s military forces brutalize the civilian population with unrelenting bombings and missile attacks. But President Joe Biden is still dragging his feet in providing the Ukrainians the help they need in time to save their country. His administration has other priorities. The Biden team is using Russia as its intermediary to negotiate a revival of the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran and is using TikTok “influencers” to spread the Biden administration’s propaganda.

Every step of the way, President Biden has allowed his fear of Putin to dictate what he is willing to do to help save Ukraine.

Thus, despite the gathering of over 150,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s border in the weeks leading up to the invasion, President Biden did nothing but issue idle warnings. Biden held off from imposing any sanctions to give Putin a taste of what to expect if he followed through on his threats to invade Ukraine.

Biden slow walked authorizing the delivery of sufficient stockpiles of lethal defensive weapons beforehand to give the Ukrainians time to be fully prepared for the worst.

After the invasion, the Biden administration moved slower than its European counterparts in rolling out sanctions against Putin himself and against key Russian financial institutions. The cutoff of some Russian financial institutions from SWIFT was full of loopholes.

President Biden only cut off U.S. purchases of Russian oil after coming under significant bipartisan pressure. He still has not sanctioned the main source of revenue financing Putin’s war machine - Russia’s oil and gas industry.

Biden personally torpedoed the transfer of Polish MIG aircraft to Ukraine because he considered it an “escalatory” step. The ostensible reason, according to senior Biden administration officials, is that MIG aircraft are supposedly “offensive” weapons.

Ukraine did not start this war. Russia did. The Ukrainians don’t want the MIG planes to bomb targets inside Russia. The Ukrainian government wants the planes to enable trained Ukrainian pilots to defend the Ukrainian civilian population more effectively from Russia’s savage aerial bombardments.

It took about three weeks following Putin’s invasion for President Biden to call the ruthless dictator a war criminal, and Biden did so only in response to a question from a Fox News reporter. But branding Putin as war criminal has not stopped Biden from turning to this same war criminal’s regime to bring the nuclear deal with Iran back to life.

The Biden propaganda mill meanwhile is busy trying to convince young people through social media platforms that Putin is a villain but not for the obvious reason that he is a war criminal with the blood of innocent women and children on his hands. The Biden administration has enlisted prominent TikTok “influencers” to spread the word to their rapt audiences that Putin is the villain behind the rise in gasoline prices that Americans are dealing with every day at the pump. The message that the administration wants the TikTok stars to convey to their followers is not to blame the Biden administration at all for the price surge. It’s Putin’s fault.

On March 10th White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Council staffers conducted a Zoom call with about 30 invited TikTok star “influencers” to provide them with a Biden administration briefing on the war in Ukraine.

“We recognize this is a critically important avenue in the way the American public is finding out about the latest,” said the White House director of digital strategy, Rob Flaherty, referring to TikTok, “so we wanted to make sure you had the latest information from an authoritative source.”

The so-called “authoritative source” is the White House’s spin factory. Their propagandists want to use the popular social media platform TikTok to mislead its millions of rising generation users into thinking only positively about President Biden’s handling of the Ukraine crisis and his handling of the U.S. economy.  

The administration’s social media manipulation strategy appears to have gained some traction. One of the star “influencers” tapped by the Biden administration to spread its misinformation was the 18-year-old celebrity Ellie Zeiler, who is better known for displaying her dancing talents online than opining on economic issues. Ms. Zeiler fell for the Biden propaganda mill’s talking points hook, line, and sinker.

Following the White House briefing that she participated in, Ms. Zeiler put out a video where the dancer passed on to her millions of followers the indoctrination that she had been spoon fed by Jen Psaki and her colleagues. After asking why gas is so expensive today, the TikTok star blamed Putin and his invasion of Ukraine.

Even Saturday Night Live spoofed the White House TikTok initiative. In response to the backlash that Ms. Zeiler received for parroting the Biden administration’s party line, the TikTok star blamed sexism. Ms. Zeiler claimed that she had been singled out for ridicule because she was a “young woman interested in politics on social media.” No, the reason that Ms. Zeiler received criticism and mockery for her TikTok performance was that she allowed herself to be used by the Biden administration.

Sadly, the Biden administration is focusing on how to shape the message it wants its designated messengers to deliver to the American people rather than actually working to solve their real life problems.

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