On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis promised to fight back against the Biden administration’s disinformation bureau, insisting a “Ministry of Truth” cannot exist in the United States.
“They want to be able to put out false narratives without people being able to speak out and fight back,” DeSantis said. “But we’re not going to let Biden get away with this one, so we will be fighting back.”
DeSantis added: “They won’t be able to say things like Russia collusion … They want to be able to advocate for COVID lockdowns. They want to be able to be an advocate for school closures … but then when you speak out, they want to stifle dissent.”
DeSantis is the latest conservative to slam the Department of Homeland Security’s new “Disinformation Governance Board,” which has come under criticism since it was first revealed Wednesday. The hashtag “Ministry of Truth” was trending on Twitter Thursday as critics compared the new board to George Orwell’s “1984” novel.
“I honestly thought this was just a belated April Fool’s joke,” DeSantis said at a separate press conference.
Supporters of the bill have argued that the board is necessary to combat disinformation campaigns, examples included are from Russia and from the Southern Border. They suggest human smugglers have spread misinformation about border policies to increase their business and argue that has partially contributed to the recent surge of migrants at the US-Mexico border, something they feel this board could help fix.
“The spread of disinformation can affect border security, Americans’ safety during disasters, and public trust in our democratic institutions,” DHS wrote in a statement.
Democratic officials are largely in favour of the idea. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed this support while speaking to reporters Thursday, telling Fox News correspondent Jacqui Heinrich that “we, of course, support this effort.”
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