For the most part, people just got up. Comcast executives just hit lashes. The company did not comment and Google is looking for “Comcast Customer Service” voltage lower
than in recent days.
Still, the president’s failure was another example of his long-standing efforts to punish media companies for covering news he doesn’t like.
In June 2019, he proposed a boycott of CNN AT&T’s parent company. The company’s stock rose on the day of its tweet.
In recent months, he has targeted Comcast, one of the country’s leading broadband and cable TV providers, and the owner of NBC News and MSNBC. It has the nickname “Concast” in almost twelve
tweets from March. And he has named MSNBC, known for its liberal programs as “MSDNC,” a reference to the Democratic Party.
Trump’s challenges rarely get much attention, even on Twitter, his platform of choice.
Saturday’s anti-Comcast post received less than 10,000 retweets in 10 hours. On Facebook
, where it was republished, received less than 7,500 comments. One comment with the most reactions said, “You spend too much time on social media.”
Surprisingly, his position was a reaction to one three-year tweet
Former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, who wrote in 2017 that the mafia has “better service than Comcast.”
“They’re definitely shooting you, but it’s over and they don’t charge you for the bullet,” Huckabee said.
It was not clear how the old tweet suddenly caught the president’s attention. But he wrote in response, “Concast is known for its poor service. In addition, they provide FAKE NEWS to MSDNC & BCNBCNews. Put them away and go to a good provider!”
So he linked his disapproval to Comcast’s news department with his proposal to “throw them out.”
Although the public appears to have been hurt by the use of the president’s platform to devalue American companies, it is an abuse of power, said Norman Eisen, who it worked
in the White House of Obama as the president’s special assistant for ethics and government reform. Eisen is now a Senior Associate in Brookings Institution.
“It is an abuse of power for an American president to use the tremendous power of the Oval Office to target an American company,” Eisen said Saturday. “It’s even worse because here it opposes the exercise of the constitutional rights protected by the First Amendment.”
Eisen worked with Democrats during the investigation last winter, serving as a special adviser to the parliamentary justice committee.
“In the indictment and the trial, we point out the president’s tendency to abuse his power for purely personal and political purposes and have warned that it will continue,” he said. “This tweet is proof of both. History teaches us where it can lead when leaders send messages like this.”
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