Hill campaign reporter: GOP will use tech companies to fire up base ahead of midterms

The Hill campaign reporter Reid Wilson said on Wednesday that Republicans will use allegations of bias against tech companies to rally their base ahead of November's midterm election. 

“This has become an interesting tension point within the Republican Congress on Capitol Hill. There’s a faction of very conservative members of the Freedom Caucus who want to make an example out of Twitter and Facebook, and the rest of them," Wilson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

“And there is more of an establishment faction led by Congressman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenFormer Ryan aide moves to K street Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Lawmakers pay tribute to John Dingell's legacy on health care | White House denies officials are sabotaging ObamaCare | FDA wants meeting with Juul, Altria execs on youth vaping House members hint at bipartisan net neutrality bill MORE of Oregon," he continued. "He wants to talk more broadly about their relationship with the American economy, and therefore with conservative ideas."

"So there are these fascinating factions within both the tech side and the Republicans on Capitol Hill, who are trying to make this as big a deal as they can before the midterms to fire up their own base," he said.

Congressional Republicans, particularly in the House, have slammed tech companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google over allegations of bias against conservatives on their platforms. 

The tech companies have denied the claims. 

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on election interference on Wednesday, is expected to face tough questions on the matter when he appears before the Energy and Commerce Committee. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE has inserted himself into the debate, on Wednesday accusing social media companies of attempting to influence the last election in favor of his Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE.

“The true interference in the last election was that — if you look at all, virtually all of those companies are super liberal companies in favor of Hillary Clinton,” Trump said in an interview with the right-leaning news site The Daily Caller. 

— Julia Manchester