Donald Trump Jr. said Sunday during a fiery speech at AmericaFest in Phoenix that left-leaning critics singled out “crazy” conservatives to throw them off balance.
The son of former President Donald Trump joined several other prominent Republicans, including Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert and conservative commentator Candace Owens, in the lineup for the four-day event.
AmericaFest is hosted by right-wing organization Turning Point USA and was founded by conservative activist Charlie Kirk.
The former president’s son drew cheers from the crowd as he took the stage. Earlier in his speech, he said he had long been labeled a “conspiracy theorist” because he believed Twitter was “rigging the algorithm.”
Earlier this month, independent journalists worked with Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, to publish clusters of internal communications under the “Twitter Files” banner. Conservatives say it proves the company’s leadership was censorship-loving before Musk.
Trump Jr. then claimed that critics did as well tried to fire him because he is an “effective communicator”.
“I’m so shocked that people who are effective communicators, people who are willing to engage with the madness that we are dealing with, are naturally the ones who turn them off,” he said. “You know who they put — the people who can’t articulate anything, who look ridiculous, that’s the people on the right.”
He continued, “We all have our freaks. They’re going to amplify this to make it seem like this is the battle between the one rational left and the insane right. They always do. Now we see. But what is maybe? The best thing is to watch the reaction of the mad left now that for the first time in history they have at least a seemingly level playing field and now they don’t want freedom of expression because they can’t keep up on the issues. They never could.
The end of Trump Jr.’s speech drew thunderous applause from the crowd, and conservatives on social media tweeted praise. His statements, however, also met with criticism.
“Wait…Junior considers himself an articulate and effective communicator…um?” asked Twitter user @IsItOverYeti.
Congressman Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, sarcastically tweeted that he was pleased to see Trump Jr. acknowledging that Twitter “encourages conservative accounts over liberal accounts.” He included the link to a Salon article about a study that found conservative rather than liberal voices are boosted by Twitter’s algorithm.
During his own speech on Saturday, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said he was “so grateful” that Trump Jr.’s father ran for president in 2016, and also slammed politicians as “weird” for “looking after the admiration of.” longing for strangers”.
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