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DeSantis Doubts, A.O.C.’s Strategy & Pompeo Whereabouts

Squad members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman have been among a small cohort of TikTok defenders in the wake of last week’s Congressional hearings.
Squad members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman have been among a small cohort of TikTok defenders in the wake of last week’s Congressional hearings. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Republicans and Democrats don’t see eye to eye on much, but there are a few exceptions: Namely, concern about the omnipotence of technology platforms and the growing threat of China. And this, in large part, helps explain why the congressional interrogation of TikTok C.E.O. Shou Chew turned into a made-for-TV double-piñata. (One of the few outliers was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who posted her first TikTok video in support of the app, earning some 1.5 million views and telling lawmakers they were putting “the cart before the horse” on a potential ban.)

TikTok has become a lightning rod in Washington for these reasons, among others. Herewith, I discuss the issue and its myriad derivatives, with Puck founding partner Peter Hamby. (Peter is also the host of Good Luck America on Snap, a TikTok competitor.) We also chatted about some mounting DeSantis national doubts, the absence of Pompeo, a potential A.O.C. base strategy, and why Democrats are so silent about the Trump indictment. Herewith…