Sunday, September 29, 2019

Trump campaign launches anti-impeachment blitz on Facebook, targeting four minority congresswomen

Mod: These kinds of retrograde and racist sentiments could possibly violate "Facebook Community Standards" if there wasn't quite so much advertising money involved.

Trump campaign launches anti-impeachment blitz on Facebook, targeting four minority congresswomen (Washington Post link): President Trump’s reelection campaign responded to the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry in Congress by launching a massive Facebook ad blitz, spending as much as $1.4 million on thousands of ads designed to reach voters in every state.

The online battery included misleading messages about the “socialist squad,” Trump’s epithet for the four congresswomen of color whom he previously directed to “go back” to their home countries, even though they are all American citizens.

Some of the ads accused the freshman lawmakers of making “pro-terrorist remarks,” which they have not done, and pressed supporters to join Trump’s “official impeachment defense fund,” which he has also promoted in fundraising appeals sent by email and text message. The “squad” refers to Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), none of whom was mentioned by name.

In total, the Trump campaign and its backers spent between $346,700 and $1,430,182 on more than 2,000 ads for its Facebook page from Monday to midday Friday, according to data analyzed by Laura Edelson, a researcher at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. She obtained the data through Facebook’s public ad archive, which reports all of its data in ranges, not precise figures. Those ads had been viewed between 13.3 million and 25.3 million times, the NYU analysis found.

On Tuesday and Wednesday alone, the campaign shelled out about $500,000 on Facebook ads, according to figures tallied by ACRONYM, a digital outfit focused on liberal causes. On Wednesday alone it spent about $350,000, an amount it typically spends in a week.

The online offensive offered a window into Trump’s bare-knuckle approach to the coming impeachment battles, as he took the showdown to his favored terrain: the Internet. Already, campaign officials say they have filled their coffers with contributions. Eric Trump, the president’s second son and the executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said Thursday that the campaign had raised $8.5 million in the previous 24 hours.

The Facebook ads, which traffic in claims found to be false by The Washington Post Fact Checker, also provided a new test for the technology giant after it reaffirmed this week it would exempt speech by politicians from fact checking.

That exemption, company executives said, also applies to ads, though sponsored posts are required to meet community standards that proscribe threats as well as “content aimed at deliberately deceiving people to gain an unfair advantage or deprive another of money, property, or legal right.”

On Friday, Facebook said none of the ads violated its policies, including those that prohibit dehumanizing speech, though the company did not detail its reasoning. A spokesman for the Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

38 comments:

  1. Rudy G. was to have appeared at a rally in Europe that was paid for and backed by Communist Russia, Rudy G. was to be paid well for his appearance, thus more so called political dirt and money could be gathered and brought back to (djt) and the Communist-Republican-Nazi party headquarters at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington D.C.. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/sep/27/giuliani-cancels-paid-appearance-at-kremlin-backed/

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  2. It is truly amazing to see how far the role of President of the United States has fallen since Trump took office. If there is one thing our "leader" does not do, it is Lead. He's just the big bully kid who found himself king of the candy store. That's it. But I hope the end is near, that this is the beginning of the train wreck that we all felt would occur at some point along this journey.

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  3. Why does Trump have to solicit members of the American public for his "anti-impeachment fund" ? Uncle Donald always brags about how rich and successful he is,and his coffers are being filled since taking office. So what gives? Why doesn't Trump pay for his own defense? Like he should be paying for his own golf! The tab for his weekend golf trips is $100 million plus. Donald Trump is a leech and always has been. Pay for your own mess that you created uncle Donald you hopeless lying corrupt bastard !

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    1. Yes donny often brags about how wealthy he is. So pay for whatever u have going on. Golf, impeachment fund, your punk kids trips, etc. Wannabe DICTATOR donny isn't a leader. The USA is the laughingstock of the world.💔🇺🇸

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  4. Traitor Trump is now employing social media techniques he learned from the Russians. And on Facebook, of course. An organization headed by a jerk who would stab his own mother for a dollar.

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    1. it's going to be a very ugly time now.

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  5. Ads push lies, and hate speech but ⁦@facebook isn’t enforcing rules for political ads. So lies and hate speech👍

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    1. DUMP Facebook stock, Quit it and encourage others to quit. Boycott businesses who advertise there &
      tell the family groups dependent upon it socially to wake up & transfer to other choices less toxic.
      Facebook is just another form of vaping.

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  6. Look who Trump singles out as "savages":

    Tlaib: Muslim
    Omar: Muslim
    Pressley: Black
    Nadler: Jewish
    Schiff: Jewish
    AOC: Puerto Rican

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    1. Trump blasts 'savages' — Ocasio-Cortez, three other women of color, Schiff, Nadler
      "Savages" started to trend on Twitter after the president's post, which comes amid a House impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/trump-blasts-savages-ocasio-cortez-three-other-women-color-schiff-n1059941

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    2. AOC Puerto Rican. Catholic--of that I am not sure but KKK and Nazis are anti-Catholic, too.

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  7. Facebook's a shit hole. I deactivated a year ago. A Trump "media accountability survey" soiling my feed pushed me over the edge. Logged back in recently to see comments on my sister's page (she died in May) and was blown away by how much worse it is.

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  8. Will (djt) 1460 day Reich last even that long? Why would you say that, since the impeachment clock is ticking away very fast now! https://ktla.com/2019/09/25/anonymous-whistleblower-tentatively-agrees-to-testify-before-congress/

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  9. They're At Each Other's Throats As Barr Is Angry At Trump Over Ukraine

    AG Barr is angry at Trump after the president treated him like his personal lawyer and roped him into the Ukraine scandal.

    The AP reported:

    Trump repeatedly told Ukraine’s president in a telephone call that Barr and Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani could help investigate Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of that summertime conversation. Justice Department officials insist Barr was unaware of Trump’s comments at the time of the July 25 call.

    When Barr did learn of that call a few weeks later, he was “surprised and angry” to discover he had been lumped in with Giuliani, a person familiar with Barr’s thinking told The Associated Press. This person was not authorized to speak about the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Donald Trump has always wanted to make the Department of Justice his personal legal team. William Barr should not be angry or surprised that he was treated as such in the Ukraine scandal. Barr sold his soul to Donald Trump.

    As the impeachment pressure is growing the White House has turned into a circular firing squad with Giuliani bringing down Secretary of State Pompeo, and Barr angry at Trump.

    The Trump White House is sinking and the rats are blaming each other as Trump’s presidency is going under.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/28/barr-angry-trump.html?fbclid=IwAR0erZ-NqL7GqVCoqskKSs0dLN2ozjXTiCc6E-d7fOC3dbHwzzPWxR3JDIc

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    1. Nothing more than damage control by Barr and his associates. If Barr had been so angry about Trump including him in the Ukraine mess, he could have requested a special counsel to investigate rather than acquiescing in the closing of the matter without any investigation. He's still acting as Trump's personal lawyer.

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  10. Facebook has always been about the money and censorship of conservatives. Facebook and Google need to be broken up they are too large in thought control, look what Google has done in China.
    Trump was once a Democrat so he is only following the playbook that Dems use, turn about is fair play.
    The Socialist women need to go, hope their districts are sick of them as most Americans are, they should be voted out of office.
    The breakdown of Society is due largely in part because of societal networking and anonymity.

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    1. When Facebook took all of that Russian money in 2016 and ran all of those pro-Trump ads, were they being anti-conservative?

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  11. "Keep your lying mouth shut"; Rudy Giuliani loses his cool and trades insults with a Democratic operative on Fox News.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/rudy-giuliani-fox-news-interview-chris-hahn-2019-9

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  12. Over 60 percent of Americans say Trump's interactions with Ukraine president a serious problem: poll

    More than 60 percent of Americans in a new poll say it is a serious problem that President Trump asked the leader of Ukraine to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

    The ABC News/Ipsos survey, which was released Sunday morning, found that 43 percent of Americans said that Trump's interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are a "very serious" problem and 21 percent described them as "somewhat serious."

    Just 17 percent of respondents said that they are surprised to hear Trump called on Zelensky to investigate Biden. Eighty-three percent said that they are not surprised.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/463530-over-60-percent-of-americans-say-trumps-interactions-with-ukraine

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  13. Saturday Night Live on Trump's problems with impeachment and Ukraine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR25izGfrmQ

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  14. "On Friday, Facebook said none of the ads violated its policies, including those that prohibit dehumanizing speech, though the company did not detail its reasoning."

    Translation: You can say anything you want on Facebook just as long as you pay them a lot of money.

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  15. Embracing President Mike Pence might be GOP's best play

    https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/463502-embracing-president-mike-pence-might-be-gops-best-play

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  16. Republicans show signs of discomfort in defense of Trump

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/463463-republicans-shows-signs-of-discomfort-in-defense-of-trump

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  17. CBS News poll: Majority of Americans and Democrats approve of Trump impeachment inquiry

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-impeachment-inquiry-poll-cbs-news-poll-finds-majority-of-americans-and-democrats-approve/

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  18. Trump truly is a criminal with a heart full of hate, racism, violence and vengeance.

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    1. Minor edit:

      Trump, removed by impeachment, was truly a criminal with a heart full of hate, racism, violence and vengeance.

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  19. Of course the Orange Nightmare is spending millions attacking four minority congresswomen on facebook.

    1) They're women.

    2) They're not white.

    Not sure why anyone should be surprised.

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  20. Whistleblower reaches agreement to testify, will appear 'very soon,' Rep. Adam Schiff says

    The whistleblower who filed an anonymous complaint about President Donald Trump asking Ukraine to investigate a political rival has reached an agreement to testify before Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff announced Sunday.

    Talking with ABC News' "This Week," Schiff, the Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said the anonymous whistleblower would testify "very soon" and the only thing standing in the way currently was getting security clearances for the attorneys representing the whistleblower so they could attend the testimony.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/29/trump-ukraine-whistleblower-testify-congress/3811971002/

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    1. Kurt Volker, Trump's special envoy to the Ukraine who just resigned from the State Department, appears to have detailed knowledge of what Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump were really up to in Ukraine, is eager to give cooperative testimony to the House this week.

      Going to be some good times over the next 5 days!

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  21. Just matter of time until Pelosi administration starts.
    Hallelujah.

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  22. TRUMP IS JUST SIX SENATE VOTES AWAY FROM IMPEACHMENT

    At some point in 2019 (if not sooner) a Republican Senator may walk into the Oval Office and say to President Trump: "Mr. President, we don't have the votes," at which point the Trump presidency will end in a resignation or a conviction in the Senate.

    This scenario actually occurred forty-three years ago this summer when Republican Senator Barry Goldwater walked into the Oval Office and told Republican President Richard Nixon that they didn't have the votes in the Senate to save his presidency.

    Following impeachment in the House, a trial takes place in the Senate. Conviction requires two-thirds of the Senate and by my count there are already twelve senators who have shown a willingness to take on the president when they believe he is in the wrong.

    If you add that to the forty-eight Democrats in the Senate (who have shown no inclination to work with this President), Donald Trump could be six votes away from conviction in the Senate.

    https://www.newsweek.com/trump-just-six-senate-votes-away-impeachment-651857

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  23. Leningrad Linsey plans a vigorous defense of Russian Asset Trump with Jeddah Jared.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/28/donald-trump-impeachment-lindsey-graham-republicans-jared-kushner-ivanka

    Moscow Mitch, Putin's Other Bitch may not allow a Senate trial to take place.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/09/28/mitch-mcconnell-trump-impeachment-007689

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  24. Snark from the web: Trump is the only person dumb enough to paint himself into a corner in an oval office.

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    1. The treason plank in the 2020 Republican Party platform will come with a trapdoor.

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  25. President Trump FOUR MORE YEARS, clean out that swamp, start with those four nasty women who are just playing at being Congresspersons.

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    1. A four year prison term for Darn Old would be disappointing. Life for treason would be about right.

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  26. Trump is mentally ill and needs to be gone. We have never had so many killings until he became president. He just spreads lies and hate.

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