In March of 2018, the well-respected Jonathan Swan of Axios could innocently remark
Capitol Hill wants Facebook’s blood, but President Trump isn’t interested. Instead, the tech behemoth Trump wants to go after is Amazon, according to five sources who’ve discussed it with him. “He’s obsessed with Amazon,” a source said. “Obsessed.”
President Trump cares no more about Amazon than the Midwestern reader of this blog does about today's weather in Asuncion, Paraguay. Ten months later, determined more people would recognize his intention, the President would tweet
So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post. Hopefully the paper will soon be placed in better & more responsible hands!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019
It was clear it wasn't Facebook which Trump was obsessed with any more than he was concerned with AT&T when three months later:
I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN, which is dying in the ratings anyway. It is so unfair with such bad, Fake News! Why wouldn’t they act. When the World watches @CNN, it gets a false picture of USA. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019
He wasn't bothered with AT&T but with a major news organization. However, to make sure he was understood, on May 15, 2020 the President ratcheted up his campaign with
The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events. Thank you Michelle! https://t.co/ZQfcfD3Hk9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2020
Now we've been warned in very uncertain terms. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation of a media operating freely under the First Amendment. And without even calling upon law enforcement and other instruments of state control, a re-elected Donald Trump will be able to depend upon his minions to do his bidding:
I'll probably never forget what happened today.— Kevin Vesey (@KevinVesey) May 14, 2020
I was insulted. I was berated. I was practically chased by people who refused to wear masks in the middle of a pandemic.
All the while, I was there to tell THEIR story. Here's the finished product. pic.twitter.com/HV2Hrcs7gi
This was in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, home of gun control. In other states they won't be unarmed.