In 2016, Tulsi Gabbard resigned from the DNC to support Bernie Sanders, and you’d better believe she got plenty of flak for it. Still does. The media ignore her the same way they ignored Bernie in 2016. They leave her name off polls and surveys, and frequently fail to mention her in lists of women candidates.
But, she persists, and she’s kind of awesome. Like the $50 million lawsuit she’s hitting Google with. She says they discriminated against her by dropping her ad account directly following the Democratic primaries, because she was way ahead of everybody else in Google searches and figured it would be a good time to place some ads.
Here’s what she said: “Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values. This is a threat to free speech, fair elections and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”
Damn straight it was discrimination. If it was a technical glitch, why did it only affect Tulsi Gabbard? If it was nothing deliberate, why did it happen precisely at that time?
This was way worse than a baker refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple. Google, for the space of a few, critical hours, refused to accept ads from Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign. That may well have cost her $50 million. So, the amount is appropriate and I hope she wins.
I expect Google to use the same defense as the DNC did when they were caught cheating. “Like, haha, we’re a private organization and we can do whatever we want and we don’t even have to play fair.”
And they might even win, but to do that they’d have to admit in court that they are not honest brokers of information, but rather slimy operatives of the ruling class. I doubt they want to go that route. $50 million would be a lot cheaper for them, in the long run.