Comedian Russell Brand ripped into the Democratic Party and accused it of colluding with big tech companies to censor information and influence the 2020 election.
Brand criticized the relationship between Democrats, the media, and social media platforms on Sunday’s episode of his podcast “Under The Skin” during which he interviewed investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald.
“Did the media and social media conspire together to keep information about Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s relationship with foreign energy companies out of the media?” Brand began in a clip of his podcast. “The answer is: yes, they did.”
Later in the show, Brand included the Democratic Party into the list of powerful groups working to distort information. The comedian lamented that he believes the Democratic Party to be a corrupt conspirator against democracy. He also slammed Facebook, Twitter, and legacy media for suppressing and censoring reports about Hunter Biden’s connections and President Joe Biden’s alleged connections to foreign businesses in China and elsewhere. Brand said:
Look, I’m not a pro-Republican person. I don’t see myself that way. I don’t see myself as a conservative, or that I’m in a Trump or Giuliani or media establishments that were reporting on these revelations, they are not my cultural, social, or political allies. That’s certainly not how I see myself. However, it seems to me that what reason is Hunter Biden [sitting] on the board of an energy company in the Ukraine? What reason is James Biden [sitting] on the board or receiving payments from an energy company in China?
At a time when we’re talking about sleaze, corruption, financial misdemeanors and relationships between corporations, big business, and politicians, let’s just face it: unless you’re bloody stupid, you know that’s going on all the time. So, either change that or let’s stop pretending that politicians are aspiring to anything other than the advance of their own interests. And if there is a byproduct, a few people get helped along the way, well, then, that’s great.
But for me, revelations that there are financial connections between energy companies in the Ukraine, energy companies in China, and the Biden family are troubling. That should be public knowledge. And it’s even more troubling that Twitter and Facebook and the media at large deliberately kept it out of the news because they didn’t want it to influence the election. What is democracy, then? It suggests to me that democracy is, ‘We want you to vote for this person. We don’t want you to vote for that person.’
As I’ve said, Donald Trump, you know, I don’t think Donald Trump’s the answer, but I’m sad to realize that I can no longer even claim to believe that Joe Biden or the Democratic Party might be the answer, because look at how they behave. And look at the relationships between media, social media, and that party. They conspired to keep information away from you because it was not convenient to their agenda.
In October in the run-up to the 2020 election, Facebook and Twitter censored a story from the New York Post on Hunter’s overseas business dealings. Major news networks followed the social media companies in the blackout of coverage on the Biden scandal. Taxpayer-funded NPR dismissed the story entirely as “pure distraction” and said to cover it would be a waste of time.