Last week Twitter’s legal and policy boss Vijaya Gadde told POLITICO that not even the president would get exemption from Twitter’s rules on vitriolic tweets. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey then told federal legislators “We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially” and that “Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform.” On the other hand, later in the week, Twitter moved against a voice critical of POTUS 44.
On Friday at the University of Illinois, the former president showed he hasn’t lost a step. While in office he told business owners “you didn’t build that” and he now takes credit for launching the current economic boom. In similar style, the president formerly known as Barry Soetoro took responsibility for none of the debacles of his two administrations, from “Fast and Furious” to IRS targeting and other scandals. POTUS 44 targeted ordinary Americans as a basket of deplorables and blasted Republicans for “embracing wild conspiracy theories — like those surrounding Benghazi.” That wild charge calls for some review.
Six years ago, on September 11, 2012, Ansar al-Sharia terrorists, associates of al Qaeda, attacked the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, with anti-aircraft machine guns, truck-mounted artillery, mortars, grenades and automatic rifles. The president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to defend the compound and the terrorists killed Americans Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
The president and Secretary Clinton knew from the start it was a terrorist attack but passed it off as a protest over an internet video, “The Innocence of Muslims.” The president, who in 2009 called Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 Americans at Fort Hood “workplace violence,” deployed Susan Rice to parrot the bogus video story for establishment media. Two days later the president told David Letterman “As offensive as this video was – and obviously, we denounced it, the United States government had nothing to do with it.” Hillary Clinton said likewise, later proclaiming “what difference, at this point, does it make?” whether the death of the four Americans was due to the terrorist action of September 11, 2012.
Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods, former Navy SEALS, took down 60 of the jihadis before meeting death in combat. Former Army Ranger Kris Paranto, working as a CIA contractor, survived the Benghazi attack. When POTUS 44 decried the “wild conspiracy theories,” Paranto fired back on Twitter. “Benghazi is a conspiracy?! How bout we do this, let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies & shoot rpg’s & Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all while waiting for U.S. support that you never sent.”
Twitter responded by temporarily suspending Paranto from its platform, which Twitter boss Jack Dorsey recently told legislators was “open to all voices.” Except of course for voices criticizing the previous president.
After he was critical of CNN, Twitter also shut down the account of Republican strategist Roger Stone. As the informal Trump adviser said, “people on Twitter threaten to kill me, my wife , my children and even my dogs but they are not banned.” As Paranto’s defenders noted, Farrakhan, Hamas and Ahmadinejad all maintain Twitter accounts.
Last year Twitter contractor Bahtiyar Duysak, who volunteers at a Muslim community center, took down the Twitter account of Donald Trump, President of the United States. Twitter first passed it off as a mistake but later called it deliberate sabotage. By all indications, Twitter never shut down or suspended the Twitter account of Bahtiyar Duysak, who claims to “love Twitter” and “love America.” And as with celebrities and the establishment media, POTUS 44 can do or say no wrong.
The “wild conspiracy theories,” he said in his speech, included those surrounding Benghazi “or my birth certificate.” That prompted no inquiries from establishment media, despite new information on the subject fully endorsed by the former president.
According to Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, the massive 2017 biography by Pulitzer Prize winner David Garrow, the former president’s Dreams from My Father is not a memoir or autobiography but “in multitudinous ways, without any question, a work of historical fiction.” And the author of this roman à clef, who started out as Barry Soetoro, is a “composite character.”
In a poem, girlfriend Genevieve Cook tells him: “You masquerade, you pompous jive, you act.” Even so, Garrow’s massive account prompted few if any second thoughts from establishment journalists. They always took the Dreams author at face value and accepted his every word as gospel. Not so former U.S. Army Ranger and Benghazi survivor Kris Paranto.
“He’s a true narcissist,” Paranto told Fox News on Sunday. “Just an elitist that, I honestly believe he thinks it didn’t happen. He did nothing wrong that night. He sent no support. Benghazi was made up. We lost two of our friends and it was a fantasy.” Paranto said “I had a hard time watching the speech itself,” which was “disgusting” and “completely offensive.”
Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation, recently updated, and Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry. Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield, is a collection of his journalism.