After Trump's 'social-media summit,' it's business as usual for his online provocateurs - 2019-08-10
In remarks last Monday following mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump cited several cultural forces that have contributed to a climate of hate and division. One of them, he said, is the digital kind: "The perils of the Internet and social media cannot be ignored, and they will not be ignored."
But some of the president's biggest social-media boosters haven't exactly toned things down, before and after the twin tragedies.
The conservative firebrands who gathered at the White House on July 11 for the president's first "social media summit" have spent the past few weeks fanning racial resentment, promoting conspiracy theories and generally engaging in the kind of polarizing rhetoric that contributes to the nation's toxic political discourse.