The party won control over both chambers of the Legislature, and with racist Democratic Gov. Ralph “Blackface Infanticide” Northam still in office as well, the Old Dominion is about to be completely transformed into an authoritarian, over-taxed, gun-regulated haven that would have made King George very proud.
Some political analysts say this transformation was a long time coming, that because northern Virginia has been an expanding suburb of Washington, D.C., where something like 90 percent of residents are Democrats, it was inevitable that the state would turn from purple to blue.
But others see a more sinister reason behind the transformation.
The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft claims that suburban voters in Virginia have been robbed of any and all conservative content because it’s been stripped from news feeds on the country’s biggest social media platforms.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter have also limited or completely banned scores of Right-leaning blogs and news sites.
We don’t know if his assessment is accurate, of course, because again, Virginia has been a purple state for years and trending blue anyway, long before the social media behemoths began censoring his publication and ours.
But overall, we can’t simply dismiss the assessment either. Given how much Americans rely on social media for interaction and information, limiting the political news content users see by punishing conservatives would certainly be a help to Democrats.
In fact, Hoft notes, “Democrats have a huge advantage over Republicans with their comrades in the news media, Hollywood, and academia. And, unlike 2016, on Tuesday the Democrats also have the tech giants to thank for their wins.”
We can’t argue with that.
Wealthy suburban voters and women helped drive Democrat Party wins in 2018, as well as the party’s takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. If they are seeing less diversity in political content, wouldn’t that skew how they perceived Democrats and Republicans?
Wouldn’t it influence the way they vote?
One noted researcher who has specifically studied the effects of biased social media on election outcomes certainly thinks so. (Related: It’s true: Google stole the 2018 midterm elections FOR Democrats by targeting select voters with “Go Vote” icon.)
Researcher Dr. Robert Epstein, a San Diego-based Harvard Ph.D. who founded the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, said in May his studies indicate that social media anti-conservative bias may have cost at least three Republicans their House seats in the 2018 election.
Breitbart noted further:
Epstein says that in the days leading up to the 2018 midterms, he was able to preserve “more than 47,000 election-related searches on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, along with the nearly 400,000 web pages to which the search results linked.”
Analysis of this data showed a clear pro-Democrat bias in election-related Google search results as compared to competing search engines. Users performing Google searches related to the three congressional races the study focused on were significantly more likely to see pro-Democrat stories and links at the top of their results.
Epstein’s past studies have indicated that Google alone has the power to change a 50-50 split among divided voters into a 90-10 split in favor of Democrats, all without voters realizing they’ve been manipulated.
“I guarantee you that this past election was affected,” Epstein said of the 2018 races.
So again, it’s not clear how much anti-Republican social media bias had in completing Virginia’s transformation into a solid blue state.
But given what we know about the influence of social media, and how much younger voters in the region use it, we can safely deduce that it had some effect.
Republicans — and President Trump — had better find ways around the bias, especially now that platforms like Twitter are refusing political ads.