Despite his rants, Donald Trump really likes Facebook.
His presidential re-election campaign is FB’s best friend. It has showered millions of dollars on Mark Zuckerberg’s social media colossus.
So, what’s the beef, Donald?
Let's follow the money.
Facebook accounted for 78 percent of the $4.5M that the president’s campaign team spent on social media from yearend through March 10, according to a March 19 report by Axios.
Google hauled in the rest of Team Trump’s largess.
Trump’s outlays far surpassed No. 2 spender, Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Senator shelled out a total of $595K for both FB and Google.
California Senator Kamala Harris ($536K) and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders ($438K) ranked as the next leading presidential wannabe spenders.
Trump, of course, knows the power of FB first hand.
He ascended to the presidency, in part, by Russian social media shenanigans and Cambridge Analytica’s acquisition of the personal data of 50M FB uses.
CA did voter analysis work for the Trump campaign. The FB trove was pure gold.
Trump though has to stick to his script of perpetual victim.
He has transferred his “No Collusion with the Russians Spiesl” to social media. Can “witch hunt” be far behind?
On March 19, he tweeted:
Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA.
And during his same day Rose Garden appearance with Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, Trump accused FB, Google and Twitter of discriminating against conservatives and Republicans.
“There is collusion with respect to that, because something has to be going on, “I do think we have to get to the bottom of it,” he said.
Does Trump know that Fox News is the No. 1 news source on FB, followed by NBC and BBC? Does it matter?
FB helped put Trump in office.
Twitter keeps him there by being the platform for Trump to launch personal attacks and spread distortions to divert people’s attention from the fact that he lacks any vision for both his presidency and the US.
Trump should be praising, not condemning FB and Twitter. They are his enablers.