A Katie Hopkins EXCLUSIVE: Talking to Sabo on the eve of his NEW #ZuckSchumer street-art campaign across NYC
Last night while you were sleeping, street-artist Sabo (a.k.a. “the conservative Banksy”) was busy at work, installing the latest of his guerrilla artworks across Manhattan and Brooklyn.
His target? Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and the conflict of interest alleged to exist between them.
One poster features the faces of Zuckerburg and Schumer, morphed into “ZuckSchumer” with the hashtag #ZuckSchumer — all set for Twitter to take flight.
His art is direct and in-your-face, necessarily so in a world where most people are face-planted on their phones.
But Sabo has a clear political point to point to make.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who heads his party in the US Senate, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have a relationship which extends well beyond the norm.
Schumer gets a fortune from Facebook, Google, and the Big Tech corporations. He has $10.1 million in cash on hand in his campaign committee, according to OpenSecrets.org.
And so far this year, Facebook has dished out $45,100 to the campaign committee fund. The Internet industry as a whole has given Schumer more than $268,000 for the 2018 campaign cycle alone
You can see why it pays for him to keep them on side.
In a second installation, raging at passers-by, Sabo hints at the incestuous relationship between Clinton, Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, and calls out their links to #Zuchschumer:
Schumer is a four-term US senator who previously served in the US House of Representatives. His protégé, Anthony Weiner, succeeded him in Congress, but resigned in disgrace after a sexting scandal with underage girls.
Weiner used social media, including Facebook, to send sexually explicit messages to teens while he was married to then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s close confidant, Huma Abedin.
What a curious web Schumer weaves.
Sitting with Sabo as he finalized the details on this latest installation in New York, I am struck by the calm he exudes. He’s the kind of guy who blends into a place. A furry, friendly face you could lose in a happy crowd, easy to chat to and even easier to steal sweet potato fries from, much to my pleasure.
I see him as a kindred spirit, fighting the good fight for the conservative cause against the liberal madness that surrounds us.
He is the antithesis of his art which seems to want to shout in your face, and shake you by the shoulders for you to care. Or at least look up from your phone for one minute and take notice.
And that is why Sabo feels so perfect for our time. In an vast news-melée and endless gushing of emotion-led coverage, Sabo skewers local political figures and liberals, using a medium so apropos for this era.
He is calling out questionable relationships between Schumer and the disgraced Facebook social media company, and challenging us with truths.
Another Sabo poster asks, “Conflict of interest? The daughter of Chuck is working for Zuck.”
According to her LinkedIn account, Schumer’s daughter, Alison, works for Facebook as a Privacy and Politics Product Marketing manager. She previously worked at Airbnb and Instagram, and has been with Facebook twice since 2011, like a Schumer-shaped boomerang.
And Schumer seems to have managed to wedge other favoured members of his entourage into positions of power too.
In a bipartisan agreement with President Trump, Schumer got his own chief counsel, Becca Kelly Slaughter, to be named as the new Democrat commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission.
And it’s a curious thing. Schumer is one of the most pro-regulation members of the Senate.
Yet he doesn’t want the government to regulate Facebook in any way.
One could argue Schumer wants to protect multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley corporations because they benefit his political cause. “Tech gives us the advantage,” Schumer said in March.
You bet it does, Schumer! $268,000 from Big Tech in the 2018 campaign cycle alone.
But he explains it in a far more elegant and paternal way. “I’m more sympathetic (to billionaire Big Tech corporations) because I think they’re in a very difficult position and I worry about government regulations,” Schumer said.
One might argue they put themselves in difficult positions by leaking the private information of 50 million Americans to Cambridge Analytica.
Schumer has said:
“Facebook’s a very powerful force. I think overall it’s been a very positive force!”
Right now, with #deleteFacebook as a popular hashtag, share price plummeting and advertisers running for the hills, he is looking increasingly alone in that view.
Some people criticize Sabo as crass or bigoted, rude or misogynistic. But I don’t see it with this sweet man sat next to me.
I see him as just as Schumer suggests he sees Facebook, as a deeply positive force who truly believes he is fighting the good fight on the streets of America.
For those of us who believe in the conservative cause, we need to reach beyond our traditional audiences and pierce through the consciousness of the young. Sabo achieves what many commentators and columnists cannot.
He is agitating against the madness of liberals. And his only weapon is his art.
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