‘Awake, Not Woke’: CPAC’s Theme Underlies Big Tech Hypocrisy

Speaking at CPAC 2022, Sara Carter, an investigative journalist, said to Fox News that CPAC’s theme for this year, “Awake, Not Woke,” speaks to the importance of being aware of big tech censorship. “…people are starting to wake up and realize that these behemoth social media giants like Twitter, like Facebook are censoring otherwise free speech,” she said.

She also pointed out the hypocrisy of Big Tech allowing Russian propaganda on its websites amid the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, while conservatives at home are being censored. Indeed, former President Donald Trump is still banned on twitter while Putin, who is responsible for the bloody invasion of Ukraine, still has an active twitter account.

CPAC is the largest and oldest get-together of conservative activists and leaders. This year the event took place in Orlando, Florida on Saturday last week. Many prominent conservatives took the stage to speak to the crowd. Former President Donald Trump was the most notable speaker.

In his speech, Trump bashed Biden and his administration for a plethora of issues – among them is his weakness on the global front that might’ve emboldened Putin to invade Ukraine. Trump also teased a 2024 presidential run, saying that “we will take back the White House in 2024.” A straw poll taken at CPAC showed that Trump is the frontrunner pick for 2024, attracting 59% of the votes. Florida Gov. DeSantis came second, with 28% of the votes. DeSantis also spoke at the event. 

Other speakers at CPAC include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Rick Scott, Jim Jordan, Rick Scott, Matt Gaetz, Gov. Kristi Noem, and Donald Trump Jr.

President Trump is banned on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube to this day. The bans were imposed by the social media giants in the aftermath of the Capitol riot on Jan 6. Since then, Trump has filed a class-action lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, and Google challenging the bans, with hundreds of everyday Americans joining in on the lawsuit.

Sara Carter also talks about the conservative alternatives to big tech, such as Parler, Rumble, and Trump’s very own social media Truth Social. “If one of these social media giants tries to censor us, well then we use our voice in another area – we go to a different platform. But we can’t be afraid,” she said.Truth Social is a social media project by Trump that became available for download in February this year. Soon after launch, the app shot to #1 on Apple’s free apps chart. Trump also made his first post on the new website, writing, “Get Ready! Your favorite president will see you soon.” Between launch and now, the app has accumulated a waiting list of more than 1 million. Former Congressman Devin Nunes is leading this effort to provide a ‘free-speech alternative’ to Big Tech, after having resigned from office for this endeavor.

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