Microsoft says it has Trump's permission to buy Tik Tok

Only $20/month!

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In other words the don has made them an offer they can’t refuse. I think the next step is a baseball bat to the back of an unsuspecting head.

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Exactly. This is setting the norm that you have to appease Dear Leader before you can do business.

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Well, MS has business around the globe, including many countries where getting the permission of dear-leader is the required first step of any business transaction. So I’m sure they already had procedures in place, and just needed to do what they have always done in any other banana republic.

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True, but that’s because traditionally Microsoft bought competing tech in order to kill it. Microsoft needs (or at least thinks it needs) social media in order to compete in the modern world. Buying a popular platform popular among today’s children is a way to stay relevant in an era where Microsoft Office and even Windows are becoming irrelevant.

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Coming soon! Minecraft: TikTok edition with a limited time “King Donny” skin!

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Absolutely, 100%.

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Presumably this also shuts other companies out from bidding on it.

Amazon: “Oh hai!”

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“A very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States,” Trump said

Kleptocracy.

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You’ve got to kick something up to the boss.

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That will of course be on top of Trump’s personal commission for brokering the deal in the first place.

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Pocket change. Wait for when he sells Alaska back to Russia.

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Perhaps he could use the proceeds to buy Greenland from Denmark … oops.

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it’s oops all the way down.

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Jesus H.R. Puffinstuff Christ…

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He doesn’t understand sovereignty at the national or personal level. No sense of boundaries.

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Yet people voted for him, because they wanted an outsider business man… :woman_shrugging:

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