The White House printed out giant displays of Donald Trump’s tweets for its “social media summit” on Thursday afternoon, including one that referenced the president’s infamous “covfefe” post.
The large boards displayed a range of Trump’s messages from his favored social media platform, some dating to before his campaign for president.
“Thanks — many are saying I’m the best 140 character writer in the world. It’s easy when it’s fun,” Trump bragged in a tweet dated November 10, 2012, as seen on a cardboard printout displayed Thursday inside the White House.
Right-wing political commentator Sebastian Gorka, who worked briefly as a Trump adviser, made a return trip to the White House for the summit, where he posted a photo of the still mysterious “covfefe” tweet.
“Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’ ??? Enjoy!” the president tweeted on May 31, 2017, a follow up to his bizarre “covfefe” tweet.
Guests at the event included an array of conservatives, lawmakers and prominent right-wing internet personalities. Representatives from social media giants, such as Facebook and Twitter were not invited to the summit.
During Trump’s speech in the East Room of the White House, the president accused tech companies of anti-conservative bias and vowed to take action against them.
“Today I’m directing my administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free speech rights of all Americans,” Trump said, before praising Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) for dedicating his time to “some very important legislation.”
Hawley has advocated for removing or limiting the immunity internet companies receive under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which protected online platforms from being liable for user-posted content, if they are deemed not politically neutral.
“Google, Facebook, Twitter, they’ve gotten these special deals from government. They’ve gotten a special giveaway from government. They’re treated unlike anybody else,” Hawley said, when called on by Trump to speak at the event. “If they want to keep their special deal here’s the bargain. They have to quit discriminating against conservatives.”
“We have terrible bias. We have censorship like no one has any understanding, nobody can believe,” the president continued. “They’re playing with a lot of minds and they’re playing unfairly.”
Trump continued on to accuse Twitter of making it hard for supporters to follow him, despite offering no evidence of his claim. “I know that I’ve been blocked,” the president said, adding that he believes he would have far more followers if the social media platform didn’t stop people from following him.
Large printouts of some internet terms often used by conservatives, including “doxing” and “shadow banning,” and their definitions were also among the displays at the event. Twitter user Caleb Hull noted that the White House had spelled “publicly” incorrectly wrong on one of the boards.