During his testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Wednesday, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed that a Disinformation Governance Board had recently been created to fight the spread of disinformation online.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the existence of the board, and stressed that President Joe Biden supported its creation.
Critics are now likening the newly-created body to 1984's Ministry of Truth and slamming it as an embodiment of the Biden administration's dystopian opposition to free speech.
Responding to the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board, several prominent Republican figures likened Biden to some of history's most notorious dictators.
"Adolf Hitler had a Ministry of Truth. Joseph Goebbels had a Ministry of Truth. Joseph Stalin had a Ministry of Truth. Joseph Biden has a Ministry of Truth," Republican congressional candidate Errol Webber said, per Newsweek.
Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York echoed these sentiments.
"The Biden administration just took one more step towards Communism. DHS’ 'Ministry of Truth' is a crackdown on our Constitutional right to Free Speech," she tweeted.
Donald Trump Jr., former President Donald Trump's eldest son, also brought up the fictional department from George Orwell's 1984.
"Historically, was there ever a despotic regime that didn’t have the equivalent of a Ministry Of Truth?" he asked.
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, meanwhile, stressed that the federal government "has no business creating a Ministry of Truth."
"The Department of Homeland Security's 'Disinformation Board' is unconstitutional and unAmerican, and I'll be introducing a bill to defund it," Cotton said.
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Left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald took to Twitter to slam Biden and other Democrats.
"That the Biden Admin casually announced today that the Dept of Homeland Security — a domestic security agency — has created a 'disinformation' board is indescribably dystopian and chilling. That Democrats think this is good and normal tells you all you need to know about them."
As Greenwald noted, Biden tapped a controversial figure to head the Disinformation Governance Board — alleged "disinformation expert" Nina Jankowicz.
Who Is Nina Jankowicz?
As a global fellow at the nonpartisan Wilson Center, Jankowicz wrote the 2020 book How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict.
However, Jankowicz herself has been caught peddling false and misleading information online.
For example, she repeatedly claimed that the documents found on the laptop belonging to Hunter Biden were fabricated and part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Biden and other Democrats spread the same discredited conspiracy theory during the 2020 election.