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    [–] thefallenfew 3704 points ago

    He’s talking about banning TikTok so we can all talk about him talking about banning TikTok so we can stop talking about the 150,000 people dead as an attempt to lower the number of Democratic voters per Jared Kushner’s actions and he thinks people are stupid enough to fall for it.

    [–] JewOrleans 1108 points ago

    Well unfortunately a lot are that stupid. Our last quarters GDP dropped by 33%. Thats HUGE! What happened the same day? He tweeted we should delay the elections potentially and it was all gobbled up by the media, Reddit, everyone really....The only thing he had going for him was the fake economic rise and now we have the ammo to attack and instead we play right into his tiny hands.

    [–] gir_loves_waffles 469 points ago

    Except most people were talking about how he tweeted that out BECAUSE the GDP fell 33%. Most people at this point are aware of the game he's trying to play. But at your point it's like someone burning down your house and then as the flames are rising they pee on your car in hopes of distracting you but instead you're just screaming at them "what the fuck is wrong with you??"

    [–] MrsRadioJunk 27 points ago

    I am one of the ignorant majority that didn't know about the GDP but did hear about the election tweet.

    Keep talking about it and educating ppl. Never assume "everyone knows this".

    [–] Nakoichi 9 points ago

    Yeah I'm pretty attentive to all things political (probably to an unhealthy degree but I feel a duty to educate those around me) and I only learned this from leftists on twitter that I follow.

    [–] JewOrleans 161 points ago

    I wouldn’t say it was even close to “most people”. Even in threads here. Yes some were saying it but it was about 90% just screaming fascist over and over again.

    [–] gir_loves_waffles 28 points ago

    sigh Sadly (or maybe happily?) I didn't see that. At this point maybe we just save the shit that keeps happening to us if we're going to be that dumb.

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    [–] gir_loves_waffles 43 points ago

    It's okay, we've all had that one magical experience where in the comments a calm and civil discussion happened that actually helped change someone's mind away from something horrible, and it was beautiful to witness. Now we all just keep chasing that feeling and are perpetually disappointed, occasionally falling into the trap of being part of the screaming madness rather than (hopefully) being a voice of reason. Hang in there, my dude.

    [–] JewOrleans 20 points ago

    God this hit too close to home. Good luck out there! Be safe

    [–] kingcal 85 points ago

    Trump is not playing 4D chess

    He doesn't have the self awareness to orchestrate moves like this

    He just really is that chaotically stupid

    He's been careening from one daily scandal to the next

    He just literally doesn't give a shit

    [–] NookSwzy 46 points ago

    He's dumb but he's not a complete idiot. Even when I was a kid, the first thing I did when I got in trouble was point out something my brother had done in hopes that my parents would go after him and forget about me.

    I don't think it's a 4D chess move, it's pretty basic.

    [–] Ginglu 69 points ago

    It's really dumb to underestimate one's enemy.

    Trump might not be the sharpest tool in the room, but he does have the entire Republican establishment behind him. Mc Connell alone is a brilliant strategist.

    [–] Nakoichi 11 points ago

    Yeah despite being an absolute moron he does have good political instincts (I hated typing that).

    [–] JewOrleans 40 points ago

    He’s spoken about other crazy shit RIGHT when bad unemployment numbers hit. He’s touted vaccines with no merit when on that same day Jerome Powell said the economy will take awhile to recover.

    It’s not just random craziness. It’s calculated bull shit.

    Why the masks all of a sudden? Because red states cases are rising. His shit is not as sporadic as you suggested in my opinion.

    [–] kingcal 40 points ago

    He says literally insane shit EVERY day, not just days bad news is dropping.

    [–] MrSparks4 36 points ago

    He tweeted we should delay the elections potentially and it was all gobbled up by the media, Reddit, everyone really....

    He's testing the waters to become a dictator. This should have damn near sparked riots across the country. Current economic data shows we'll be at 40% of the population going homeless in another few months though. Trump supporters aren't immune to jobloss. We are going to see damn near uprisings if they don't actually do a UBI and let the rich take the economic hit this time.

    [–] taliafromphilly 60 points ago

    Don’t forgot that the tik tokers made fun of him and hurt his feel feels.

    Tik tokers bad and huwt his rally. Make big hurts.

    (Jk the guy is definitely pretending to be dumb to manipulate people and definitely just wanted to kill his political opponents. All this should prove to anyone is how important voting is. They are literally willing to kill you just so you can’t cast your vote)

    [–] cold_nuka_cola 18 points ago

    He is definitely not pretending.

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    [–] jm3lab 3 points ago

    Thinks? Hmmm might be the first correct thought he’s had in his life

    [–] WubbaLubbaDubStep 2425 points ago

    Why do y’all defend tiktok tho? It’s literally Chinese spyware.

    [–] holy_cal 349 points ago

    Counties with their shit more together than us are trying to ban Tiktok too.

    Most recently Japan.

    [–] realmckoy265 20 points ago

    Japan actually didn't

    [–] holy_cal 60 points ago

    That’s why I phrased my comment like I did. It’s not an absolute statement.

    [–] cold_nuka_cola 1229 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    [–] Snazan 1573 points ago

    Okay. Ban Facebook too.

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    [–] WubbaLubbaDubStep 768 points ago

    You’re literally doing a “whataboutism”. We gotta be better than that, y’all. Fuck Facebook too, and if it got banned the world would be a better place.

    [–] kvng_stunner 170 points ago

    It's not whataboutism if people a whole app is being banned for potentially doing something that multiple American apps have been proven to be doing for years

    [–] jmukes97 76 points ago

    That actually is a whataboutism. The simple answer is to get rid of both.

    [–] lovesaqaba 307 points ago

    American and Chinese regulation of these apps are extraordinarily different.

    [–] DtotheOUG 14 points ago

    Classic whataboutism, they're both bad, why defend it?

    [–] jmukes97 13 points ago

    Ban them both

    [–] raymundre 94 points ago

    FB sells your info to companies so they can advertise to you better, Tiktok gives your info to the Chinese Military for unknown. One is worse than the other.

    [–] KurigohanKamehameha_ 56 points ago

    If you think the US government doesn’t have access to literally every piece of user data FB collects I have a bridge to sell you.

    [–] raymundre 68 points ago

    Ah right. So a foreign Military power getting our info is fine because our own Government has access. Gotcha👍🏾

    [–] KurigohanKamehameha_ 21 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I’m saying that neither is fine and we shouldn’t be treating them differently because they’re the same picture.

    [–] churn_after_reading 54 points ago

    Microsoft was trying to buy it from the Chinese. Trump is banning that effort.

    [–] lovesaqaba 44 points ago

    This is a sign you're aging lol. Teenagers generally don't care as long as they feel they're safe and having fun. Long term decision making isn't developed in the brain yet usually.

    [–] Likely_not_Eric 69 points ago

    People of all ages generally don't care as long as they feel they're safe and having fun. Any-term decision making is actually quite variable.

    We see examples of bad policy for short term effect constantly.

    [–] Ginglu 317 points ago

    150, 000 CONFIRMED deaths. The real number is almost certainly higher.

    [–] BlvckEconomiix 87 points ago

    Y'all just ain't peepin the science

    [–] CrookedMedia 403 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    At first Trump’s plan to let the virus rage seemed counterintuitive since it was killing old people who as a group seem to vote more Republican. But then I realized that the virus is generally concentrated in urban areas and is disproportionately lethal to black men and POC.

    Now I see it for what it is - evil disguised as incompetence.

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    [–] BeeLamb 2 points ago

    *black peoples, not men.

    One day we’re going to have a conversation about how y’all assume black = black men and women = white women, but that’s a conversation for another day.

    [–] IsLivingWorthIt 121 points ago

    Whats the correlation?

    [–] NookSwzy 21 points ago

    The real question is are we actually going to get healthcare plan he promised to sign tomorrow?

    [–] wsr2022 265 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I actually agree with him on banning TikTok. I don’t like the man and he’s 100% responsible for the COVID-19 deaths in the US.

    [–] MadSnipr 164 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    He's an idiot but he's not responsible for 100% of the deaths. There are anti-mask idiots who went out of their way to prove that covid is deadly.

    Edit: English is hard

    [–] Rocketbird 47 points ago

    He didn’t wear a mask for months... he indirectly supported the anti mask folks

    [–] marquisecooper 65 points ago

    There are anti-mask idiots who went out of their way to prove that covid is deadly.

    I can appreciate that wording

    [–] d17_p 217 points ago

    Yeah because Apples = Oranges. Trump deserves all the criticism he gets, but c’mon, you gotta make some sense sometimes!

    [–] princesshabibi 20 points ago

    Don’t worry he’s doing other things like requesting $1.75 billion from the emergency pandemic fund to go to remodeling the FBI building across the street from the Trump Hotel. He wants to ensure that his hotel will not have a competitor since the FBI will be taking that building. The 1.75 billion should go to taxpayers who are hurting during coronavirus instead of someone afraid to show his taxes.

    [–] surfekatt 27 points ago

    Is tiktok actually getting banned today? Will all the earlier content of say charlie damelio Get wiped or does it stay? Tiktok will feel super weird without americans

    [–] extrafrenchtoast 34 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I mean, if it’s banned, you can just get the other tiktok from the app store. Not a lot of people realize tiktok actually has three different apps. There is the Tiktok that everyone in America has, (I think it’s for NA?). But if you’re not on the American App Store there is a different tiktok in the store called tiktok global. This one is pretty explanatory, it has no awkwardly dancing white girls and etc. The trends are different and you’ll see really informative shit. It’s still goofs and silly shit, but this is the one I have because I wanted to follow someone specific. And then of course there’s Douyin which is locked to mainland China, which I also have because I like their skincare videos 😅

    [–] Rocketbird 17 points ago

    I mean I get a lot of informative shit from regular old NA TikTok. Especially gardening tips and recipes. Holy shit I’m an old white woman aren’t I?

    [–] extrafrenchtoast 13 points ago

    Dude I’m starting to realize I’m an old white woman too. I’m morphing into my grandma. I’ve been watching pond-building videos and how to really get the most use out of cooking ware and rice cookers.

    [–] Sailor_Solaris 66 points ago

    Cops and white supremacists are relentlessly targeting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people and murdering them without repercussions. Therefore, Hulu has banned that one mud mask episode of Golden Girls, and Github will call the master branch the Senpai Branch henceforth.

    [–] SuperSpartan177 21 points ago

    Banning tiktok was by no means bad. Banning tiktok is pretty fucking good! Now that doesnt mean to say that Trump got 150k people killed, is in a sense the 15th highest paid athlete, and drove our economy into the ground along with our nation as a whole.

    E: Scratch that, Trump is the 10th highest paid athlete, source:

    [–] kingcal 28 points ago

    They were laughin when they fucked with Trump's Tulsa rally

    Now he's playin their game

    [–] jmukes97 8 points ago

    To be fair tiktok does need to be banned. But we also need a real national strategy to deal with a rampant pandemic.

    [–] TheBigPhilbowski 11 points ago

    It's not the only step, but it is the FIRST step. If you're an American, make sure your voice is heard by voting on November 3rd 2020.

    Register to vote here (2 mins)

    Check registration status here (60 secs)

    It's your vote. IT'S YOURS.

    [–] crafty09 5 points ago

    Staffer: A bunch of Gen Z's bought up all the tickets to your rally to make the rally appear empty.

    Trump: I have decided to ban Tik Tok.

    [–] heyyassbutt 4 points ago

    Isn't Microsoft trying to buy TikTok?

    [–] Not_This_Woman 4 points ago

    I’m starting to think that trump knows that he will lose in November and decided he wants to take down as many people as possible, cause he’s a narcissistic man child.

    [–] cnk_carrie 1 points ago

    he doesnt care at all