President Trump on Thursday touted a "very important" social media summit at the White House, which will not feature anyone from Facebook or Twitter but instead numerous far-right figures.
Those who have been invited to the summit on Thursday afternoon include conservative radio host Bill Mitchell, a promoter of the QAnon conspiracy, as well as Ali Alexander, the activist who recently attacked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Twitter by claiming she is "not an American black," Politico reports. This claim about Harris that Democrats quickly condemned as racist was shared in a tweet by Donald Trump Jr., although he subsequently deleted it.
Other invitees include a troll who won a meme contest held by Alex Jones' InfoWars and James O'Keefe, known for his deceptively-edited undercover videos, CNN reports.
Trump said on Thursday that this summit will be focused on alleged "dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression" by social media companies, threatening that "we will not let them get away with it much longer."The Daily Beast notes that the White House does not seem to have actually invited anyone who has been banned by Facebook or Twitter, much to the chagrin of even more extremist personalities who have been. Referencing the conspiracy theorist who has been banned from Twitter, an administration official told the Beast, "What benefit would it be to anyone if Laura Loomer were in the same room with the president? Why on earth would we do that? We aren’t that stupid. Come on.”
Still, this summit, CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy writes, is "perhaps the clearest example yet of President Trump legitimizing fringe political allies." Brendan Morrow