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Elon Musk and Tim Cook Meet at Apple Headquarters — Reveals Decision on Removing Twitter from App Store

Twitter CEO Elon Musk met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s headquarters on Wednesday.

“Thanks [Tim Cook] for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ,” Musk said.

“Good conversation,” he continued. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”

This comes as quite a surprise to many who believed that Cook was about to drop Twitter from the App Store over content moderation concerns.

“The media cheered on the prospect of Twitter being banned by Apple and Google and even called for it,” Ian Cheong remarked. “We know who our enemies are—it’s the media. Many in tech just want to do the right thing but they’re so afraid to. You’re showing them how it’s done.”

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“Looks like Tim didn’t want another smart phone competitor and decided to play nice,” Seth Weathers remarked.

Musk earlier had entertained the thought of building his own phone if Apple and Google wanted to play hardball.

“If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, [Elon Musk] should produce his own smartphone,” Liz Wheeler remarked. “Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”

“I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone,” he replied.

On Monday, Musk revealed that Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from its App Store.

“Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” Musk said.

Shem Horne points out that the threat is unlikely to be about Musk’s recent restoration of former President Donald Trump’s account.

“Truth Social is allowed on their App Store, which means it isn’t about President Trump or content moderation,” Horne said. “It’s about trying to bring you under control and make you submit to the lefts demands like the previous owners of Twitter did.”

Musk earlier said that Apple had all-but-stopped advertising on Twitter.

“Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter,” Musk said. “Do they hate free speech in America?”

What’s going on here @tim_cook?” he added, referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In another sign of escalation, Elon Musk agreed that a parody of a famous 1984-themed ad from Apple was “accurate.”

Conservative commentator Ashley St. Clair actually had a brilliant idea for Elon Musk should the clash with Apple escalate.

“Remove this free advertising for them,” she said. “All tweets show device/social management service.”

One digital publisher, LBRY, revealed that Apple had forced it to restrict search terms or be considered ineligible for the App Store.

“During Covid, Apple demanded our apps filter some search terms from being returned,”LBRY said. “If we did not filter the terms, our apps would not be allowed in the store. Apple may make good products, but they have been opposed to free speech for some time.”

Elon also ran a poll asking users if Apple should reveal its censorship actions to users.

Musk also said that Apple puts a 30% tax on everything bought through its App Store.

As Matthew Foldi of the Free Beacon pointed out, Apple has long engaged in anticompetitive behavior.

“Meta and Spotify both slammed Apple for anticompetitive behavior in its App Store through its ‘developer tax’,” an Examiner article states.

“Meta attacked Apple after it quietly updated its rules to require that certain transactions made in-app, such as purchases of NFTs or social media boosts, must be made through the App Store — thus making them subject to a 30% levy by Apple,” the article added.

Elon Musk, for his part, recently lauded Shopify for standing up to activists attempting to get content creators silenced.

“Shopify has a published acceptable use policy and a principled process to apply it,’ CEO Tobi Lutke said. “Pressure groups on all sides try to influence it sometimes and CBC needs to see through that not amplify bad faith narrative.”

“Good for you!” Musk responded.

Seth Dillon, Babylon Bee CEO, summed up the clash between Musk and Leftists demanding censorship of Americans’ speech.

While Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist noted that Apple has long aided and abetted China’s oppression of the Chinese people.

Journalist Rita Panahi also noted Apple’s complicity with the Chinese regime during the current uprising against Covid Zero lockdowns.

One of the major points of content for Musk’s critics is the disbanding of a ‘content moderation council’ opposed to free speech and diversity of political opinion on Twitter.

“A large coalition of political/social activist groups agreed not to try to kill Twitter by starving us of advertising revenue if I agreed to this condition,” Musk said. “They broke the deal.”

However, there is no credible evidence to support an uptick in “hate speech” on the platform. As Elon Musk recently pointed out, the metrics that Twitter used to track such alleged “hate speech” are down by one-third after his takeover.

The left’s campaign against free speech on Twitter has been at least partly successful, as a Washington Post analysis revealed this week.

“More than a third of Twitter’s top 100 marketers have not advertised on the social media network in the past two weeks, a Washington Post analysis of marketing data found — an indication of the extent of skittishness among advertisers about billionaire Elon Musk’s control of the company,” the Post said.

“Dozens of top Twitter advertisers, including 14 of the top 50, have stopped advertising in the few weeks since Musk’s chaotic acquisition of the social media company, according to The Post’s analysis of data from Pathmatics, which offers brand analysis on digital marketing trends,” the analysis continued.

The European Union has also reacted to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover by threatening to ban the platform unless it complies with the EU’s rules on moderating political speech.

As reported by the Financial Times, EU industry chief Thierry Breton made the threat during a video meeting with Musk on Wednesday. Breton told Musk “there is still huge work ahead” to bring the platform in compliance with Brussels’ rules.

Elon Musk, in recent weeks, has taken his $44 billion investment in Twitter and transformed the website into one based more on free speech and transparency. Musk has restored former President Donald Trump’s once-banned Twitter account and granted a blanket amnesty to suspended conservative Twitter accounts. Musk appears only to be getting started.

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Elon Musk and Tim Cook Meet at Apple Headquarters — Reveals Decision on Removing Twitter from App Store is written by Kyle Becker for trendingpolitics.com

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Nikki Haley Donors Flock to Biden Campaign

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In a stunning display of political opportunism and disloyalty, former supporters of Nikki Haley’s Republican primary campaign have shamelessly defected to Joe Biden’s camp as the presidential election looms. This egregious betrayal not only underscores the depth of moral bankruptcy within certain segments of the GOP but also highlights the duplicitous nature of individuals willing to sacrifice their conservative values for personal gain.

With Donald Trump securing the GOP nomination for November’s presidential election, the stage is set for a fiery rematch between the incumbent Biden and the formidable Trump. However, the Machiavellian maneuvers of former Haley donors reveal a troubling trend of self-serving treachery within the Republican Party.

Haley, once touted as a rising star within the conservative movement, suspended her primary campaign earlier this month following Super Tuesday. Yet, rather than rallying behind the Republican nominee, some of her erstwhile backers have shamelessly switched their allegiance to Biden, driven by a toxic combination of ego and ambition.

Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, along with other prominent donors who had previously supported Haley, have now pledged their support to Biden, betraying not only their former candidate but also the core principles of conservatism. Their actions demonstrate a callous disregard for the values of limited government, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility that define the Republican Party.

Rufus Gifford, Biden’s campaign finance chair, has openly admitted to actively courting Haley supporters to join the Democratic cause. This brazen attempt to poach conservative donors underscores the cynicism and opportunism that pervade Biden’s campaign, as he seeks to exploit divisions within the GOP for his own political gain.

While Biden may hypocritically extend an olive branch to Haley supporters, his true intentions are clear: to co-opt and neutralize any opposition to his radical agenda of socialist policies and big government intervention. Those who align themselves with Biden are not only betraying their former candidate but also betraying the conservative movement and the millions of Americans who stand for freedom and prosperity.

In contrast, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that there is no room for turncoats within the MAGA movement. His steadfast commitment to America-first policies and conservative principles has earned him the loyalty and support of millions of patriotic Americans who refuse to compromise their values for political expediency.

As the battle lines are drawn for the upcoming election, conservatives must remain vigilant against the insidious influence of traitors within their own ranks. Nikki Haley’s turncoats may seek to undermine the conservative movement, but they will ultimately be remembered as opportunists who sold their souls for a fleeting moment of political relevance.

In the words of President Trump, “We don’t want them, and will not accept them.” It is time for true conservatives to stand united behind the only candidate capable of defending our values and leading our nation forward: Donald J. Trump. Anything less would be a betrayal of everything we hold dear as Americans.

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Democrats Try to Block “Sarah’s Law” From Protecting Americans

Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, encountered fierce resistance from Democratic lawmakers as she made a determined effort to advance Sarah’s Law, a vital piece of legislation aimed at detaining illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes, in a bid to prevent harrowing tragedies like those of Sarah Root and Laken Riley.

Ernst’s proposal, Sarah’s Law, demands that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detain illegal immigrants charged with causing death or serious injury to others. The heart-wrenching case of Sarah Root, a 21-year-old from Iowa whose life was tragically cut short by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally, Edwin Mejia, serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for such legislation. Despite Mejia’s extensive record of driving offenses and evasion of court proceedings, ICE, citing Obama-era immigration enforcement guidelines, callously declined to detain him.

The recent devastating loss of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student from the University of Georgia, purportedly at the hands of another illegal immigrant, Jose Ibarra, has reignited fervent calls for the enactment of Sarah’s Law. Ibarra faces grave charges, including malice murder and felony murder. The refusal to detain individuals like Ibarra epitomizes the callous disregard for public safety that permeates the current immigration system, leaving innocent lives hanging in the balance.

Ernst’s impassioned plea for unanimous consent to propel Sarah’s Law forward was met with vehement opposition from Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois. Durbin adamantly raised concerns, contending that the bill could inadvertently ensnare victims of trafficking or domestic abuse and trample upon immigrants’ due process rights.

Critics of Sarah’s Law, predominantly Democrats, contend that it might not have averted Riley’s tragic demise, given that Ibarra’s criminal record did not include prior incidents involving death or injury. However, Ernst steadfastly maintains that the prevailing immigration policies, including the notorious “catch and release” practice, perpetuate a climate of impunity, allowing potentially dangerous individuals to roam freely within the country’s borders.

Despite the setback in the Senate, the push for robust immigration enforcement and the enactment of measures like Sarah’s Law continues to encounter fierce opposition from Democratic quarters. The palpable divide underscores the deep-seated ideological chasm regarding immigration reform, intensifying the urgency for decisive action to safeguard the lives and well-being of American citizens.

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Tricky Nikki Wins DC Swamp Primary

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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s victory in the Washington, DC, Republican primary election may seem like a cause for celebration among the establishment elites and swamp dwellers, but it’s a grim reminder of the deep-seated betrayal of true conservative values.

In a district notorious for its entrenched establishment and lobbyist influence, Haley managed to eke out a victory over the true America First leader, former President Donald Trump. However, her margin of victory is overshadowed by the fact that it occurred in the heart of “the swamp,” where special interests reign supreme and the will of the American people takes a back seat to political expediency.

Haley’s win, fueled by lobbyist dollars and establishment backing, is a slap in the face to the grassroots movement that propelled Trump to victory in 2016 and continues to support him fervently. Despite her desperate attempts to portray herself as a viable alternative to Trump, Haley’s lackluster performance in her home state of South Carolina and her dismal showing in other primaries only serve to underscore her disconnect from the Republican base.

Her staggering expenditure of over $76 million in a futile bid to defeat Trump in multiple primary states reeks of desperation and underscores her willingness to prioritize personal ambition over principle. It’s abundantly clear that Haley’s allegiance lies not with the conservative values that define the Republican Party but with the entrenched interests of the Washington establishment.

While Haley may cling to the hope of staying competitive in the race, her delusions of grandeur are starkly at odds with reality. Despite her defiant rhetoric, the overwhelming support for Trump among Republican voters across the country leaves little room for doubt about the outcome of the primary race.

As Haley scrambles to salvage her floundering campaign, it’s evident that her aspirations of clinching the nomination are nothing more than a pipe dream. With a paltry 19 delegates to her name and a yawning chasm of over 1,000 delegates separating her from the nomination, Haley’s chances of success are as remote as her understanding of the true pulse of the Republican Party.

In the end, Nikki Haley’s victory in the DC primary may be a hollow triumph for the establishment elites, but it serves as a rallying cry for true conservatives to reject the siren song of political opportunism and stand firm in their support for the America First agenda championed by President Trump. The swamp may celebrate Haley’s win, but the heart and soul of the Republican Party remain firmly with Trump and the principles he represents.

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