Via Elizabeth Heng for Congress Facebook page

 

A little earlier today I posted on Alex Jones’s dumpster fire, InfoWars, being nearly simultaneously deplatformed by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Spotify and YouPorn (I didn’t make that up). The central point there being that Baron Acton’s aphorism, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” applies as sure to major tech platforms as it does to individual men.

Elizabeth Heng is a conservative Republican running for Congress against Democrat Jim Costa in California’s 16th District.

Heng’s parents arrived in the United States thirty-three years ago as penniless, legal political refugees from the Cambodia of the Khmer Rouge. Heng graduated from Stanford, started a chain of 75 cell phone stores. She’s worked as a Hill staffer (for Ed Royce) and on the Romney campaign (nobody is perfect). She campaign for Trump and was on his inauguration committee. All the while she was enrolled in Yale’s MBA program from which she’s since graduated.

During her campaign, Heng cut this ad

The first twelve seconds contains a series of black-and-white stills depicting scenes from Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as Heng introduces herself to voters. For instance:

Screengrab from https://youtu.be/GUJXqJ4f_to

 

When Heng’s campaign posted the ad on Facebook, Facebook blocked it for violating community standards:

“We don’t allow ads that contain shocking, disrespectful or sensational content, including ads that depict violence or threats of violence.”

Despite protests from Heng and from House Majority Leader

Facebook is holding fast. One suspects this has as much to do with Heng giving Costa an unexpected scare in the primary election as it does with Facebook being terrified of history.

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