This Is, Of Course, Insane

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Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images

We always knew he thought of himself as being a class by himself.

(Hey-yo!)

From the Washington Post:

The suits were filed in the Southern District of Florida, and Trump said at a news conference in Bedminster, N.J., that they would call for the court to issue an order blocking the companies’ alleged censorship of the American people.“We’re demanding an end to the shadowbanning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well,” Trump said.

The suits allege that the companies violated Trump’s First Amendment rights in suspending his accounts and argues that Facebook, in particular, no longer should be considered a private company but “a state actor” whose actions are constrained by First Amendment restrictions on government limitations on free speech. Traditionally, the First Amendment is thought to constrain only government actions, not those of private companies.

This is, of course, insane.

The Post is being more charitable than I would be with that “traditionally” there. There is no way on god’s information superhighway that Facebook—or Twitter, or Google, whom El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago also is suing—is a “state actor.” And the way you know this is that the complaint itself justifies that bit of lunacy by leaving the temporal plane entirely. He’s claiming that, when Facebook took action against the kind of slander and dangerous misinformation that is his only reason for being at this point, it did so to ward off legislative action in that area. Because of this, the suit argues, Congress made Facebook a state actor when it bounced the former president*. (Some people angry that Major League Baseball moved its All Star Game out of Atlanta after that state’s legislature passed its new voter suppression laws tried this argument out less than a month ago.) The other way you know it is that the king grifter behind it already is dunning the rubes for more money. (So, I would note, is the Republican National Committee.) From Business Insider:

One of the texts uses a dubious promise of "matching donations" up to five times the initial dollar figure, a practice Trump continues to embrace as other politicians have stopped doing it.

There are other deficiencies in this latest scam. According to Facebook’s Terms of Service, the only place Zuckland can be sued is in California. The former president* filed this vat of rancid fish stew in Florida. I’ll tell you, though, I’d feel a lot better if I believed 100 percent that no judge in the country would find these lawsuits as meritless as they are. But, as the late Guy Clark warned us long ago, Lord, you’d think there’s less fools in this world.

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