Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is taking flak this week for falsely claiming that political speech — specifically that of expressing doubt of the 2020 election — is not “protected speech.”
Fetterman is an ignoramus. Indeed, protecting political speech is the only reason we have the First Amendment and freedom of speech at all.
On Friday, Washington newspaper The Hill posted a snippet of video featuring Fetterman claiming that, “This idea that saying that Pennsylvania was ‘rigged’ or that we were ‘trying to steal the election’ — that’s a lie. And you do not have the right, that is not protected speech.
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman: "This idea that saying that Pennsylvania was 'rigged' or that we were 'trying to steal the election' — that's a lie. And you do not have the right, that is not protected speech." pic.twitter.com/2f2ERSSLXy
— The Hill (@thehill) January 15, 2021
Speaking of lies, Fetterman unleashed a doozie. Perhaps, strictly speaking, Fetterman isn’t lying, granted. He is probably just too ill-informed to know that everything he just said is false. One can’t be accused of being a liar if one is too stupid to know any facts.
But, to the point, the claim that questioning the results of an election isn’t “protected speech” is untrue. The fact is that the founders created the concept of freedom of speech solely to protect political speech so as to prevent governments from jailing people who oppose the British government as the crown did when they were founding the U.S.A.
Indeed, there was all manner of speech codes in the U.S. ahead of the signing of the Constitution and many of those prohibitions continued for many decades after the signing of the Constitution. It wasn’t until modern times that the First Amendment was expanded to cover just about any speech and the founders never saw any reason to challenge the speech prohibitions in the states.
But they DID enforce free political speech because that was the sole point of the right to free speech.
So, ultimately, Fetterman — and every left-wing fascist like him — is an anti-American tool.
Still, he was schooled by many Twitter users:
"This claim is determined to be ridiculously false."
(Will Twitter take it down? I'm not advocating it do so, just pointing out if they were "fact checking" and treating supposedly false claims fairly; they would.) https://t.co/1loj5tRcTw
— Sharyl Attkisson🕵️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) January 15, 2021
Who wants to tell this tatted freak that it is, in fact, protected speech? https://t.co/6oNcwEetfX
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) January 15, 2021
Like it or not (guess which side I fall on), that IS protected speech. And it's irresponsible to aver otherwise. https://t.co/W3Ye4jgiHo
— Jeff B., who on earth is this guy?? (@EsotericCD) January 15, 2021
PA Lt. Gov. Fetterman believes claims of widespread voter fraud are "lies." That's fine.
Because of this, he believes NO ONE should be allowed to talk about it.
He is arguing that "lying," according to him, is not protected speech under the First Amendment. Think about that. https://t.co/ZfzQZXbgUk
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) January 15, 2021
Lying is 100% protected speech and anyone who tells you otherwise is (wait for it) LYING. https://t.co/hc8AxP6Ndd
— Karlyn Borysenko (@DrKarlynB) January 15, 2021
This idiot is the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Whether or nor you think the election was stolen (which I don’t). You have every right to say that and not got to jail. https://t.co/e01Eon57gf
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) January 15, 2021
How does someone like this get to be Lt. Gov. of anything? https://t.co/50cUSPUzyK
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) January 15, 2021
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