A protester sits in the Senate chamber in Washington after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, stopping a joint session being held to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Photo: Getty Images/TNS A protester sits in the Senate chamber in Washington after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, stopping a joint session being held to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
A protester sits in the Senate chamber in Washington after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, stopping a joint session being held to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
Paul Freelend
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Opinion

Paul Freelend

What Donald Trump’s Twitter ban, US Capitol invasion and Hong Kong Legco siege have in common: cheap talk

  • Statements that lack nuance by people who should know better matter because they crowd out valuable discussion on important issues, such as genuine concerns over ‘big tech’ or flaws in US and Hong Kong democracy

A protester sits in the Senate chamber in Washington after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, stopping a joint session being held to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Photo: Getty Images/TNS A protester sits in the Senate chamber in Washington after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, stopping a joint session being held to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
A protester sits in the Senate chamber in Washington after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, stopping a joint session being held to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
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Paul Freelend

Paul Freelend

Paul Freelend is a production editor at the Post. He has worked at media organisations in China, Indonesia, the UAE, Japan and the US, and he has a Master in International Affairs from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.