Dem. Stacey Plaskett Drops Bombshell: ‘Free Speech Is NOT An Absolute’

Dem Stacey Plaskett Drops Bombshell: 'Free Speech Is NOT An Absolute'

( – On Thursday, Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) justified censorship by asserting that some viewpoints shouldn’t be protected by the First Amendment’s guarantees of free expression, which she said the Supreme Court had curtailed.

The minority-ranking member of the House Weaponization Subcommittee, Plaskett, criticized the supposed beliefs of Robert F. Kennedy, a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, describing them as hateful.

She remarked, “This is not the free speech I am aware of. She recalled the recent uproar caused by Kennedy’s comments regarding, among other earlier remarks, how the coronavirus affects specific population groups more than others.”

“Freedom of speech is not an absolute,” Plaskett concluded.

She continued, “That has been said by the Supreme Court.” (The Court has made “time, place, and manner” allowances for how speech is presented; it has not restricted speech’s content.)

The ranking member claimed that Republicans had not invited Kennedy to testify because he had been censored on social media but rather to associate themselves with his controversial views.

She also claimed that past witnesses interviewed by the committee, such as would-be “disinformation czar” Nina Jancowicz, had been subjected to death threats.

She implied that committee chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) supported those threats.

“Republicans,” according to Plaskett, “had little interest in upholding free speech. Instead, they want to compel social media platforms to support “any conspiracy theories, no matter how harmful.”

She added:

“They want to force social media companies to promote conspiracy theories because they think that’s the only way their candidate can win the 2020 [sic] election.”

She suggested that Congress should instead concentrate on problems like inflation.

Kennedy responded by devoting his opening statement to defending his record and pointing out that he had also been silenced for discussing everyday topics.

He pointed out that the goal of free speech was to defend viewpoints that people did not share.

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