Remember last summer when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was doing a very campaign-like tour of all 50 states, dropping in on regular families for dinner and, oh yeah, hiring Democratic pollster Joel Benenson, who advised President Obama and was a chief strategist of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign?
It sure seemed like Zuckerberg was testing the waters for a 2020 run for president as a Democrat, but he’s in hot water with liberals today after a BuzzFeed News report that Zuckerberg called Donald Trump after the election to congratulate him.
NEW: Mark Zuckerberg placed a secret phone call to Donald Trump in the days after the 2016 election to congratulate him, sources say.https://t.co/Ikt0bzkfc9
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 19, 2018
There more to the story than that — apparently internal memos show Facebook saw the Trump campaign as an “innovator” on the social media platform — but the phone call is bad enough:
In the days following Donald Trump’s election victory over Hillary Clinton, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed a secret, previously unreported call to the president-elect during which, sources told BuzzFeed News, he congratulated the Trump team on its victory and successful campaign, which spent millions of dollars on advertising with Facebook.
The private call between Zuckerberg and Trump, which was confirmed by three people familiar with the conversation, is just one in a series of private endorsements from Facebook employees of the Trump campaign’s ad efforts on the platform. The company declined to comment on the call. The White House press office did not respond to a request for comment.
Is this going to be another Elon Musk thing where it turns out a successful CEO was — shocker! — covering his butt by backing both parties? Or does this just prove that Zuckerberg is a big Trump supporter?
Well, conservatives can rejoice and return to Facebook, ’cause it looks like outraged liberals are all deleting their accounts. Congratulations, Zuckerberg — you’re the subject of today’s Two Minutes Hate.
— Trin (@Intense_XEnergy) July 19, 2018
@facebook really? really? How much will your stock be worth next week? How many employees, who are barely scraping by as it is, will be let go because of your alien like apathy #MarkZuckerberg If hurts more when you fall from up high.
— Cali Girl_Philly Woman (@Gitana_East) July 19, 2018
Hmmm. @elonmusk and Mark Zuckerberg have some explaining to do. Using the Trump train to cash in on the Q-T while piping on about progressive issues? Worse than wearing a MAGA hat on @FoxNews if you ask me.
— Connie Sullivan (@crsullivan16) July 19, 2018
“Worse than wearing a MAGA hat on Fox News” … that cracks us up. Someone Photoshop that on Allegra Budenmayer.
A lot of people's wallets got stuffed with some rather large amounts of money in the fall of 2016. #TrumpRussia
— #HTTR #RedskinsTweetTeam #GoLeafsGo (@harv14) July 19, 2018
Facebook is not having a good year and it's all of their own doing. Burn in hell, Facebook.
— Anita (@AnitaM86) July 19, 2018
Then he announced shorlty after that he was thinking about running for pres., and went on a national "listening tour." Guess that won't be happening now…
— SALTWATERWAX (@saltwaterwax) July 19, 2018
Yeah, a public phone call would have been the best course of action. Just set up a conference call and invite the entire nation to dial in.
Get him, hall monitors!
— Nick DeLano (@Beeronhead21) July 19, 2018
— Chad Emery (@publicemery1) July 19, 2018
— novaculus ❌ renegade dreg ?? (@novaculus) July 19, 2018
Nothing here suggests Zuckerberg helped or even supports Trump. He's just ass kissing to get favors.
— Randy Hudson™️ (@noonefollowsme) July 19, 2018
Zuckerberg? You think?
'Brought the HAMMER'! WATCH: Ted Cruz faces off with Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook's 'censorship' of conservatives https://t.co/oQznLtWKu7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 11, 2018
Fake news? Here's that pic of demon Hillary getting ready to fight Jesus brought to you by the Russians https://t.co/BotX1jLNn5
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 2, 2017