Many of the most vocal detractors of the radical far-left were once Democrats who believed in the messaging of the Democrat Party but then got too close a look at the underpinnings of the extreme far-left’s intentions for the United States of America- and those most vocal supporters became vocal detractors.
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And there may be no one more determined to bring the left down, than those of us who were burned by it- including the richest man in the world, Elon Musk, a native of South Africa-turned American citizen.
Recently after Musk became the first African American owner of a Social Media giant, all of the details of his life have become of public interest, including his political evolution into the champion of ‘Free Speech’.
The Daily Mail reported that Musk has hinted that he’s shifted to the right over the last 14 years happens as American liberals morphed into ‘woke progressives’: Twitter sees exodus of ‘wokerati’ since his $44B takeover with Kamala, AOC and Bernie losing thousands of followers Musk on Thursday posted a meme suggesting that his political sentiment has shifted over time.
What appears to be happening is that the country is seeing centrists, or independents, who are being driven into the arms of conservatives by the extremes of ‘woke progressives’, because the progressives are intolerable and unfair.
Musk’s politics have taken a new significance to many after he declared that Twitter should be ‘politically neutral’, which is driving the radicals from the far left to leave the platform in a tirade.
Musk shared the post without comment, but his political views have taken on new significance after his $44billion deal to buy Twitter and his declaration the platform should be ‘politically neutral’.
Responding to his tweet, many angry liberals claimed conservatives had grown more extreme since 2008, the year Barack Obama was first elected president.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 28, 2022
As “liberals” they don’t appear to comprehend that free speech is a tenet of liberalism- so progressives is much more fitting. As in progressive Communists, who want government control over speech.
After announcing his $44billion takeover of Twitter, Musk has been engaging with conservative commentators and others about the direction people want to see the Twitter head, and the left is not at all happy about that- having enjoyed the tech giants’ control over those very same people.
Meanwhile, conservative pundits have seen a bump in followers as prominent progressives lose their audience. The changes have promoted many to talk about how much of the left’s popularity is really about virtue signaling.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump Jr., and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gained many followers as Musk’s ownership of the platform has taken effect.
Left-wingers Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton, and Ellen DeGeneres meanwhile lost tens of thousands of followers.
Vice President Kamala Harris lost over 28,000 of her supporters and Michelle Obama dropped a dramatic 32,073, while her husband Barack and US President Joe Biden appeared to be the only big-name Democrats who saw their numbers increase.
The fluctuation in follower numbers on either side triggered a wave of conspiracy theories seeking to explain the phenomenon.
Some suggested Elon’s takeover prompted developers to change the social media behemoth’s algorithms to highlight conservative accounts and suppress left-leaning ones – a theory that was slapped down by people who pointed out that Musk will not officially complete his purchase of the platform for months.
Others argued ‘woke’ Twitter programmers, who have been accused of silencing right-wing voices by suspending or banning controversial accounts whose views they disagree with, adjusted the algorithms to be more balanced in an attempt to cover up their previous biases
Experts say the changes appear organic as liberals quit the platform and conservatives make new accounts, however, there has been no investigation into the legitimacy of those “followers” at this point.
But Twitter blocked its staff from making programming changes to the app to prevent it from being sabotaged, rendering that theory wide of the mark as well.
‘It’s not an algorithm issue or a conspiracy. When something like this happens in the world, [conservative influencers] have an opinion on it, and it’s either popular or not popular and that leads to them gaining or losing followers,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘This is a big takeover from a very influential man. With influence comes strong opinions. Elon fans seem to be for or against, with few sitting on the fence. He’s making a big impact on all areas of the world, his sceptics will not want to fund him and so they leave Twitter.
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‘His supporters meanwhile will rejoice and jump on the back of the news, hence gaining followers.’
Her analysis of the phenomenon seems to validate Twitter’s own statement, which said the loss and gain of followers was down to supporters of Elon Musk and conservative influencers creating more accounts, while left-leaning users deactivated theirs.
‘While we continue to take action on accounts that violate our spam policy which can affect follower counts, these fluctuations appear to largely be a result of an increase in new account creation and deactivation,’ the platform said in a statement.