During the historic first time ever Presidential Social Media Summit on Thursday, July 11, at the White House, online journalists and influencers that directly bring facts to citizens for the most part, in a true free market scenario so important to a properly functioning democratic republic heard President Donald Trump triumph their vital role in challenging the information gatekeeping of the agenda-driven censoring legacy media.

The president said, “So, this is a historic day never before have so many online journalists and influencers, and that’s exactly what you are. You are journalists and you are influencers, come together in this building to discuss the future of social media. Each of you is fulfilling a vital role in our nation. You’re challenging the media gatekeepers and corporate censors to bring the facts straight to the American people. That’s what you are doing. You are going right to the people. Possibly we wouldn’t be here right now. I asked somebody, ‘What do you think I would do without social media?’ ‘Would I be here?’ I said I think so. But they weren’t so sure. I have to say that, you know that. I’m not sure I believe that, but I have to say it. But you communicate directly with our citizens without having to go through the fake news filter. It is very simple. Together you reach more people than any television, broadcast network by far. Not even close.”

With the only real caveat to the power of social media to keep the American people well informed being their widespread practice of censoring conservative voices, the president called on Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri to sum up this important issue and deliver a simple warning for these tech giants to stop violating American free speech.

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Senator Hawley said “The establishment media, the fake media, say ‘there’s no censorship in social media. That’s all made up.’ You and I all know that that’s not true. You and I know the truth is that the social media giants would love to shut us down. They would love to shut us up. They would love to shut him (the President) up more than anything else and we can’t let them. And that’s why we need to step up now and I think, we need to say to them here’s the deal Google, Facebook, Twitter. They’ve gotten these special deals from government. They’ve gotten a special give away from government. They are treated unlike anybody else. If they want to keep their special deal, here’s the bargain. They have to quit discriminating against conservatives. Do you agree with that? No more! No more discrimination! Its that simple. That’s all we are asking for. They ought to abide by the same principles of free speech and the First Amendment (of the US Constitution) that this country embraces. That we love and call our own and I don’t think its too much to ask for these huge tech platforms who’ve gotten rich off of our information, right? Off of our data, Off of everything that we have given them. They gotten rich off of it. They gotten rich off of their special privileges from government. If they want to keep those then they shouldn’t discriminate, they shouldn’t censor, they shouldn’t shut us down. I want to thank the President again for his incredible leadership. Thank you for allowing me to be here. Thank you Mr President for all that you do.”

Includes reporting from the Associated Press and White House.gov.