The FCC is censoring all the tweets, videos and photos of the National Day of Prayer, the nation’s largest holiday, with the explicit goal of keeping it off the public Internet, a senior White House official said Friday.
The official told reporters that the government wants to prevent Americans from seeing and listening to the event.
A day after President Trump signed the FCC’s order banning protests on the Web, White House officials said that the order was part of a larger effort to curb protests and protests.
Trump, who campaigned on the promise of blocking protests, has ordered the FCC to take down all information about the event, which is held on the first Thursday of every month.
He is asking the FCC not to hold the event on the day before Thanksgiving, or to use the same day as the holiday for public protests.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive issues, said the FCC is not going to hold any demonstrations on the third Thursday of November.
“We are going to do whatever we can to prevent people from going to this,” the official said.
In his order, Trump called the commission a “bully,” a “corrupt, authoritarian” agency that must “take swift and decisive action” to restore the rule of law, preserve the free press and protect the “constitutional freedoms of expression, association and association rights.”
The White House said it would release a statement on the order after a day of public comment.
The president said that he believes that the FCC should immediately reverse the ban on the holiday and “take back its rightful place as an independent check on the excesses of a single agency.”
The order said that no public or private entities can use the holiday to conduct any business.
It said the commission can use public and private entities to hold events on the same date as the traditional day of prayer.
While the FCC has the power to ban all such protests, it does not have the power under the U.S. Constitution to do so, the official added.
We do not think that the President has the authority to ban the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) or any other religious organization, the White House spokesman said.
“If the President is not willing to allow us to have a day that we all celebrate together on the anniversary of the assassination of our president, we are not going,” he said.