Penn. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Falsely Claims Political Speech is Not Protected by First Amendment

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.

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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:

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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