House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sounded the alarm on Sunday about how tech giants like Google are trying to restrict conservative speech by manipulating its search results.
During an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy warned about big tech attempting to suppress conservative speech just months before November’s election.
Below is a partial transcript of the exchange, via Breitbart:
BARTIROMO: I know that you have talked a lot about technology companies and perhaps what they’re going to do going into the election. Real quick — we’re running out of time here, but I want to get your take on Google.
Are they going to try to censor conservative speech right before the election, 85 days away now?
MCCARTHY: Not they are going to try. They’re already doing it.
You watch what they did in 2016, when they met together then special programs, trying to bring more people out to vote for Hillary. But, remember, they have 90 percent of all searches on the Internet go through Google. They determine what you see. They determine what you understand.
MCCARTHY: They called the Republican Party of California, that we had Nazism in our ideals. They believed that this was OK.
BARTIROMO: Yes, I remember that. Yes.
MCCARTHY: Every — they have taken like — sites like…
BARTIROMO: This is crazy.
MCCARTHY: … Breitbart and made you — they have taken sites like Breitbart and not allowed you to see them, so they have stopped traffic from going to it.
They can take control of what you see when you Google a name.
BARTIROMO: That’s — you’re right about that, yes.
MCCARTHY: I’m not — it’s proven time and again.
BARTIROMO: I never see that. That’s right. Breitbart — for some reason, they have totally — they have totally denigrated Breitbart. It’s true.
President Trump has been threatening to strongly regulate or even shut down social media platforms after numerous instances of suppression or his tweets being labeled as “false” or “manipulated.”
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump tweeted recently.
“We can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country,” Trump added. “It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
Prior to that, Trump tweeted: “The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google,” and promised, without specifics, that his administration would “remedy this illegal situation.”
Back in May, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump has considered establishing a White House commission to study allegations of conservative bias.