Socratic Short Ones - Recap 3/22/24

Candace Owens has been let go at Daily Wire, Elon Musk tells us he's a Centrist, and NH State House voted to ban transgender children from school sports.

Bad Day For A Bad Person

In a surprise twist, Daily Wire CEO Jeremy Boreing announced via X this morning that Candace Owens had been let go of her partnership with The Daily Wire.

Candace Owens confirmed the departure later that morning via X post:

This, according to Mediaite, was allegedly a result of months-long tensions between Candace and Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro over her promotion of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Candace has used her platform numerous times to spread antisemitic rhetoric both on Daily Wire and on her own platforms like X and Instagram. Neither Ben Shapiro nor Jeremy Boreing has commented on the reason for her departure other than to confirm the termination.

This split is causing a degree of turmoil amongst the rabid Daily Wire fans who often lauded Candace Owens's constant antisemitic remarks—people like famous Neo-Nazi, Nick Fuentes

I love that. I love how all the Jews have to watch this show. This is the face, dude. No, no, no, but this is the face of a total Jewish defeat. We have to stan. Go off, girly. We fucking got your back, Candace. Eat them up. Eat them up. They're filth.

It's very, it's very striking, striking appearance. I love it. Ben Shapiro has to watch this.

Nick Fuentes via the March 19, 2024, edition of his podcast, America First

Now those fans are turning on Daily Wire under the announcement on X

Notice the iron cross and anti-semitic remarks

Elon Musk Continues to Prop Up Transphobia, Homophobia, and Racist Accounts

Elon Musk has been spending his time lately praising, boosting, and providing credibility to a wide range of hateful topics.

Most recently, his platform changed its privacy policy after journalists from Anonymous Comrades Collective uncovered the identity of prolific far right-wing internet comic artist Hans Kristian Graebene, aka “Stonetoss.”

Prior to putting the change into writing, X was suspending accounts that shared the webcomic artist's real name. Notably, user “esqueer_” aka Alejandra Caraballo, a clinical instructor at the Harvard Law Cyberlaw Clinic.

This retroactive change in direct response to this event makes it clear Elon Musk wants to continue to protect hateful rhetoric on his platform. Protecting accounts like Libs of TikTok, an extremist account run by Chaya Raichik, who often uses her account to spread dangerous conspiracies or, in the case of a Junior High in Coralville, Iowa—spotlight a book for LGBTQ teens being available in the school. This spotlight resulted in 21 bomb threats to the school. Local officials later established the threats were faked and resulted from Chaya’s posts on social media:

Law enforcement quickly determined that the threat was a hoax. Detective Hanna Dvorak from the Coralville Police Department arrived at a theory.

“It appears this all stems from a post made earlier this week by Chaya Raichik and her ‘Libs of TikTok’ account,” Dvorak wrote in a report to her superiors.

Chaya often uses her over 2 million followers to reveal the identity of members of the LGBTQ community, putting her at direct odds with this new policy change. It is extremely unlikely it will be applied evenly to those Elon has taken favor with.

NH State House Wants to Focus on Girls Sports Rather Than Addressing Cost of Living or the State Minimum Wage

Earlier this week, New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled House approved House Bill 1205 in a partisan 189-182 vote. The bill, titled the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, would ban transgender women and girls from participating on female school sports teams. It now heads to the State GOP-led Senate, where it will also likely pass.

NH Republican Legislatures have been busy the last few years waging a number of culture war issues against the state's constituents, putting it at odds with its northeast neighbors. I recently made a post on this topic, which you can read here:

State Republicans clearly think this is the hot-button issue they should be focusing on—rather than addressing the state’s rising cost of living as voters have indicated is more important to them.

If passed, this bill would affect children who are just trying to enjoy their childhood and play sports. Local news publication WBUR recently interviewed one such 15-year-old girl who would be affected by this change.

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