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China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday relayed a mocking “warm welcome” from Chinese social media users to former U.S. President Donald Trump, inviting him to join China’s heavily-censored Weibo microblogging platform now that he has filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Twitter.
Trump filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their respective CEOs over their censorship practices on Wednesday. Trump and his colitigants, the America First Policy Institute, invited Americans who have been deplatformed by big tech to join the case.

The Global Times observed that Trump is enormously popular on Weibo. Trump-related topics trended on Weibo over twice as often as any other public figure in 2020, and he is the only foreigner to appear on Weibo’s annual list of the most popular people – a list usually dominated by Chinese entertainers.
A Shanghai newspaper studied Internet search data in January 2021 and found Trump’s name was the most searched-for term in Chinese social media. The news of Trump’s lawsuit against Big Tech quickly racked up 40 million views on Weibo.
“Trending individuals on Weibo came only in three categories: epidemiologists, celebrities and Donald Trump,” the paper said, a humorous allusion to the three people who became trending topics most frequently last year: Trump, actor Wang Yibo, and Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the doctor who discovered the first SARS coronavirus in 2003.

Weibo ran a survey on Thursday and found 78 percent of the respondents hoped Trump would open a Weibo account. Comments posted to the survey pleaded with Trump to join the platform and make it his “new playground.”
“Please come! We will have so much fun!” said one commenter.
“Seriously, he should definitely consider joining Weibo in light of this much attention he receives from Weibo users. Nobody will steal his thunder,” suggested another.
The Global Times quoted a few of the unflattering nicknames Weibo users have for Trump, including Chuan Jianguo (“Trump Builds China”) and Dong Wang (a derogatory term for a man who claims to be a king and “knows everything”).
CNS News impishly noted that Weibo actually has more users than Twitter, which was Trump’s favorite communications platform before he was permanently banned from it, and that a few foreign politicians have dabbled in Weibo over the years, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who closed his account last year after Weibo and many other Chinese apps were banned by the Indian government.
Weibo, like all other communications platforms available to China’s captive citizens, is heavily censored by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  Posts that displease or embarrass the Party are quickly hunted down and deleted. Algorithms relentlessly search Weibo posts for disfavored keywords and images, such as the infamous CCP jihad against Winnie the Pooh, whose image is often used to mock rotund dictator Xi Jinping. 

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Weibo’s software has been modified on orders from the Communist Party, ironically on the pretext that the platform was “interfering” with electronic communications and “disseminating illegal information,” when in fact its users were discussing topics the Communists did not want them to talk about.
Weibo is not shy about censoring and forcibly editing posts from foreign officials and embassies. Its censorship algorithms are so obnoxious that Chinese users have developed secret codes for getting past the filters and expressing forbidden ideas. Like other Chinese Internet services (and an unsettling number of services from free nations), Weibo also does a good deal of spying on its users, and their personal data has been breached and leaked online.

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Biden snaps at protesters who chanted ‘stop line 3’

“No, no, no, no. Let ’em talk. That’s OK. Look, this is not a Trump rally. Let ’em holler. No one’s paying attention.”

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President Joe Biden didn’t seem all that bothered when his speech Friday night at a campaign rally in Virginia was interrupted. Biden was speaking in favor of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Arlington when a group of people began yelling. Although what they were yelling isn’t quite clear from the recording, reporters on the ground said they were apparently shouting, “Stop Line 3!” referring to a controversial oil pipeline project in Minnesota.

Biden, heckled at a rally in Virginia: “Let ‘em talk… that’s okay. This is not a Trump rally. Let ‘em holler. Nobody’s paying attention to them.” pic.twitter.com/n2zeaCbY07— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 24, 2021

Immediately the crowd seemed to instinctively come to the president’s defense and tried to drown out the hecklers with boos of their own. And they also started chanting, “Let’s go, Joe!” Biden encouraged his supporters to calm down and not worry about the protesters too much. “That’s OK, that’s all right,” Biden said. “No, no, no, no. Let ’em talk. That’s OK. Look, this is not a Trump rally. Let ’em holler. No one’s paying attention.”

Clarifying the earlier interruption — according to print pool reporter @toddgillman, at least three people in the front were apparently shouting “Stop Line 3!” That’s a reference to an @Enbridge pipeline project.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 24, 2021

Biden went back on the campaign trail for his first candidate-specific event to speak to nearly 3,000 people in support of McAuliffe, who was governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018 and now is running against Republican Glenn Youngkin to try to get his old job back. “You’re not gonna find anyone, I mean anyone, who knows how to get more done for Virginia than Terry,” Biden said. “Off-year election, the country’s looking. This is a big deal.”

Biden’s return to the campaign trail illustrates how the Virginia contest is being closely watched in political circles to figure out what message best resonates with voters after the 2020 presidential contest and before the 2022 midterms. “It’s an important test for the Biden administration. The margins are so small, and he needs to be able to use his clout to help candidates get across the finish line,” Adrienne Elrod, a political strategist who worked on Biden’s inaugural, tells the Associated Press. “His message is simple: that he is delivering on promises on vaccines, record job growth and infrastructure.”

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Biden didn’t just mention Trump when he was talking about the hecklers, he also made it a central part of his speech by linking McAuliffe’s opponent to the former president. “Terry and I share a lot in common. I ran against Donald Trump and so is Terry. And I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and so will Terry,” Biden said. “I tell you what, the guy Terry is running against is an acolyte of Donald Trump—for real, I mean it’s just like, I don’t know where these guys come from.”

Biden: Terry and I share a lot in common. I ran against Donald Trump and so is Terry. And I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and so will Terry… pic.twitter.com/hIPiDQCbQ2— Acyn (@Acyn) July 24, 2021

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Georgia county’s district Attorney struggles to investigate Trump amidst backlog of 12,000 cases

“We have a historic backlog of 12,000 cases,” she said.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is determined to investigate and, potentially, prosecute Donald Trump for pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to overturn the state’s election results.

Legal experts says that the case in Georgia might be the strongest investigation against the former president, who is also the subject of investigations in New York and Washington, DC.

But a spike in crimes in Atlanta and a backlog of cases to process could impede her office’s ability to fully investigate Trump, former associates say.

During a Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting on July 14, Willis acknowledged that her office lacked the staff and resources to address these two issues.

“We have a historic backlog of 12,000 cases,” she said. “The manpower we have right now will not adequately suffice, nor will the COVID money with the restrictions that have been put on it.”

This could ultimately impede her ability to investigate Trump and could put her in a difficult position to decide where to allocate her resources, former associates of Willis’ added.

“The problem she has is that she’s in an elected position and the residents are getting tired of the crime,” Michael Moore, an Obama-era former US attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said in an interview. “So are you going to dump all your resources into this [Trump] case that may turn into nothing? Or are you going to do your job and represent the people who have voted you in?

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“If I had my way, I would come down on China so hard” – Marjorie Greene

“I would kick out every Chinese in this country who is loyal”

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) wants Chinese residents in the U.S. deported because of China’s links to COVID-19.

If she were in charge, Greene told Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon on his “War Room” program Wednesday, “I would kick out every Chinese in this country who is loyal” to the communist party because “China tried to kill us, and did kill us, this past year” with COVID-19. “If I had my way, I would come down on China so hard.”

Greene subscribes to the QAnon conspiracy theory that China, where COVID-19 first emerged, deliberately created COVID-19 to kill Americans.

Marjorie Taylor Greene talks about what she would do to the CCP if she was in charge. pic.twitter.com/hiR635BVdy— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 21, 2021

But Greene is an outspoken critic of vaccination, which experts say is the best way to save lives as well as suppress and, hopefully, eradicate the pandemic.

“We are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths among the unvaccinated,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky warned earlier this month.

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People who refuse to be vaccinated also serve as “incubators” for increasingly stronger variants of COVID-19 that threaten everyone, health experts warn.

Greene also told Bannon that to punish China she would crank up Trump’s tariffs on the country, believing, as the former president did, that China then would have to somehow pay money to the U.S. treasury.

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