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Here Are the Alt-Right Figures Trump Thinks Are the Innocent Victims of Censorship

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05.05.2019

On Twitter Friday night, President Trump railed against “the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms” and complained that conservatives were being unfairly pushed off social media.

The president has on several occasions before complained of broad suppression of conservative voices by tech companies, but this time, Trump singled out a number of people, including James Woods—whom he called a “Conservative thinker”—and Paul Joseph Watson. He then proceeded to amplify the tweets of a number of conspiracy-minded accounts (including one bizarre video by an account called Deep State Exposed asserting that “the ‘elite’ proclaim America must submit to Islam or else!!!”). Most of the tweets had to do with censorship. In total, he sent out more than a dozen tweets on the subject.

But the people he retweeted are not known for mainstream conservative thinking. Instead, many of them peddle in right-wing conspiracy theories and overt........

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