As you well know, Chron, they came from far and wide to vote against Trump. Trump was the biggest reason that so many Democratic voters turned out. And many Republicans were voting against Trump. Nowhere more than in McCain country. All you need is 1 out of every 10 or 15 Republican voters to turn on Trump to change the election. And guess what. Republicans did very well down the ballot, but they voted for Biden simply because they couldn’t stomach Trump any longer. Thank you to those folks. If you went to a Trump rally you know how he excoriates and belittles all Democrats or Republicans who don’t bow down to him. Well that comes to roost. People don’t forget that. You can’t do that to people and not expect it to come back and bite you in the ass.
Does the possibility that Trump and these Proud Boys and Boogaloos will stage an armed coup attempt not scare you? Because that scares the hell out of me. Of course it wouldn’t be successful, but what damage would that do to our nation? This is what is the worry, not trying to limit somebody’s free speech. You don’t have the right to advocate to overthrow the government, and just because you get cute about your wording and use dog whistles doesn’t mean you aren’t advocating for that. A social media platform is not obligated to be a party to another attack on the government just because of the principles of free speech.
I can’t believe this isn’t a huge worry for you too. We’ve learned the hard lesson that the Trump talk is not just idle political blustering. When he calls for action, action happens. Whether its from an ordinary citizen or a President, advocating an attack on the government is illegal. A social media platform could be held responsible legally and morally if they were to stand by and watch this happen when they have the power to stop it.