WASHINGTON, DC – A top Democratic Congressman is lauding former Republican President Donald Trump’s stance on banning the social media site TikTok. The congressman noted the social media site has strong ties with Communist China which poses privacy and national security concerns to Americans.
Former President Trump received praise recently from an unlikely source, Democratic Congressman and Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner. The congressman came out praising the former President for taking a tough stance on the social media site TikTok.
Congressman Warner, who was in Australia, spoke to one of their local newspapers and made the shocking praise of President Trump. He said:
“This is not something you would normally hear me say, but Donald Trump was right on TikTok years ago. If your country uses Huawei, if your kids are on TikTok…the ability for China to have undue influence is a much greater challenge and a much more immediate threat than any kind of actual, armed conflict.”
The congressman is speaking of an executive order President Trump signed in 2020 which banned the app from online stores inside of the United States until TikTok stopped its relationship with ByteDance, the app’s parent company.
The President’s executive order was stopped by a federal judge and then later rescinded by Biden.
Congressman Warner and Republican lawmakers are concerned that TikTok’s association with ByteDance is allowing communist China to access the search history, biometrics, location, and other sensitive data from Americans using the app.
Concerns which Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight and Energy and Commerce committee explained in a letter sent to TikTok over the summer. In the letter, the lawmakers wrote:
“The data collected by TikTok on U.S. users, such as browsing and search history, biometrics, location data, and other metadata, would be a massive national security risk in the hands of CCP intelligence.”
The fear that the lawmakers are addressing is that the information could be used to blackmail someone into committing treasonous actions against the United States. Not to mention being able to obtain locations of sensitive areas within the country.
According to a recent report from Buzzfeed, the national security concerns are well founded as ByteDance is allegedly required to share any and all user data with China whenever requested.
The report, based on audio obtained over 80 internal meetings at TikTok, showed employees within the United States were unable to access the sensitive data but were able to do so upon requesting China provide the information.
TikTok reported the information shared by Buzzfeed was taken out of context, and therefore, inaccurate. In a statement, they reported:
“For two years, we’ve talked openly about our work to limit access to user data across regions and keep U.S. user data secure. It is unfortunate that BuzzFeed cherry-picked quotes from meetings about those very efforts and failed to provide adequate context.”
For now, TikTok is still available for download even though there may be well-founded national security risks in doing so. To answer the risks, President Biden has authorized a review by the Commerce Department to see if there are any risks caused by TikTok or any other social media apps while meeting with social media influencers at the White House.
President Biden’s meetings with social media influencers anger many Republican lawmakers, like Florida Congressman Marco Rubio, that say he is not doing enough to safeguard the country. Congressman Rubio said:
“I told everyone years ago TikTok was a tool of communist China. And yet Biden invites TikTok influencers to the White House.”
The stakes for the Second Amendment couldn’t be higher.
Georgians watched a debate between their two U.S. Senate candidates leading up to the midterm election on Nov. 8. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and the Republican challenger Herschel Walker faced off on pressing issues, including the Second Amendment. The differences between the two are stark and the #GUNVOTE® choice for Georgians is crystal clear.
Let Me Be Clear
Sen. Warnock has been in the Senate for only two years, a seat he won in a 2020 special election. He’s already amassed an antigun voting record and supported defund the police policies. He’s got the hypocrisy to go with it. Sen. Warnock voted to limit the rights of law-abiding Americans to protect themselves but paid big, more than $600,000, on private armed security for himself.
Walker stated in a YouTube video:
“First of all, any law or bill passed that will effect anyone’s Second Amendment – I’m not going to stand for and I won’t support.”
“And to hear Sen. Warnock talk about supporting law enforcement – it’s sad… He’s empowered criminals to think they’re better than the police…To hear him talk about that is a disgrace.”
A Record to Run From
Sen. Warnock attempted to spin his record on gun rights. He claimed support for law enforcement, hoping Georgia voters forgot that he called police officers gangsters, thugs, bullies and a threat to children during his campaign two years ago.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Sen. Warnock – also a Reverend – mocked Georgia churchgoers and decried Georgia lawmakers for passing the Safe Carry Protection Act.
Sen. Warnock said:
“Somebody decided that they had a bright idea to pass a piece of legislation that will allow for guns and concealed weapons to be carried in churches.”
Sen. Warnock’s anti-Second Amendment Senate record garnered him endorsements from national gun control groups. Moms Demand Action included Sen. Warnock in their earliest slate of announced “gunsense” candidates. Everytown for Gun Safety has too and so has Gun Sense Voter gun control group.
His legislative “priorities” include Sen. Warnock signing on as a co-sponsor to S. 736, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) Assault Weapons Ban of 2021.
That bill would ban the sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a so-called “assault weapon,” or semiautomatic Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs).
NSSF data showed there are more than 24.4 million of these commonly-owned centerfire rifles in circulation today, more than there are Ford F-150 pickup trucks on the road.
Peach State Priorities
The ability of law-abiding Georgians to exercise their right to possess lawfully purchased firearms has been front-of-mind with the election only three weeks away.
Voters supported the state legislators who passed Georgia’s Constitutional Carry law that was signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. They’re also voting with their wallets.
Since 2020, nearly 1.4 million Georgians passed an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification to purchase a firearm, according to NSSF-adjusted NICS data.
Statewide, Gov. Kemp has made his support for the firearm industry unquestionable by attracting dozens of businesses to move to Georgia from less-friendly environments. It’s meaningful to voters as their paychecks have risen.
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