Peter Navarro Calls Parler Ban ‘Chilling,’ ‘Threat’ to Democracy

Peter Navarro Calls Parler Ban 'Chilling,' 'Threat' to Democracy Watch the latest video at (Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria")

Thursday, 14 January 2021 06:42 PM

The banning of the conservative-friendly social media platform Parler was not only "chilling," but poses a "very serious threat" to democracy, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro declared Thursday.

In an interview on Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria," Navarro called the Big Tech ban "a classic collusive oligopoly, a kind of new wine in an old bottle."

"What we saw with this attack on Parler was chilling to me," he said. "It's one thing to deplatform everybody for free speech. But, this was a pincer move where Google and Apple, [the] first part of the pincer, was to not allow Parler apps to be down."

Navarro said Amazon came in for the "brutal kill by taking the cloud away" from a "small company," so it no longer had access to its data.

"Effectively, Amazon wiped out that company," he said.

Parler has filed a lawsuit against Amazon following Amazon Web Services' decision to suspend it from its cloud hosting service following last week's deadly riot at the Capitol.

Navarro said he thinks Parler has a "heck of a lawsuit for damages" — and Congress needs to look "very carefully at this collusion because there is serious trust issues."

He noted the former Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was "allowed" to tweet and the "China Communist Party official propaganda organs put things up [on Twitter] all the time."

Yet, he said, President Donald Trump had been removed.

"The Twitter censors don't jump up there and say 'this is disputed,' so what is going on here, I think, is a very serious threat to our democracy," he said.