Donald Trump decided he would try to get revenge on Twitter for reneging on a $5 million emoji deal, including one of “crooked Hillary,” by banning the social media site’s execs from a meeting with tech leaders.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was not invited to Wednesday’s tech summit, a clearly retaliatory move by Trump even though Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s chief strategist and communications director, denied that this was the case. He insisted that Twitter simply “had absolutely nothing to do with this meeting.”
According to Dorsey, the emoji deal was canned because of potential legal problems that could have arisen. One of the emoji’s that he and his legal team found concerning was an emoji that included the hashtag #CROOKEDHILLARY and a cute little pic of a bag of money. Gee, I wonder why they found that worrisome? (Insert sarcasm here.)
The plan was for Trump’s campaign to use the emoji around the time of the Oct. 9 presidential debate. At the time, Spicer accused Twitter of being part of the evil left-wing agenda for backing out of the deal.
“While Twitter claims to be a venue that promotes the free exchange of ideas, it’s clear that it’s leadership’s left wing ideology literally trumps that,” Spicer said.
Twitter stood their ground and issued the following statement in October.
“We have had specific discussions with several political organizations, including the Trump campaign, regarding branded emojis as part of broad advertising campaigns on Twitter,” said a Twitter spokesperson.
“We believe that political advertising merits a level of disclosure and transparency that branded political emojis do not meet, and we ultimately decided not to permit this particular format for any political advertising.”
While speaking to CNN, Spicer went out of his way to dance around questions regarding Dorsey not being welcome at Wednesday’s meeting.
No matter how much Trump and his minions deny it, this was nothing more than retaliation. Period. I don’t care what they say.
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