‘Oh, that’s scary’: Dem Rep already in hot water for saying he desires to regulate speech digs himself DEEPER

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By admitting Wednesday that he would love to regulate free speech, one top Democrat just gave emphatic credence to a longtime theory that what the left truly desires is control over everyone’s lives.

In a feeble attempt to clarify after major backlash, he made it even worse.

“I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech,” Democrat Caucus Assistant Whip Ted Lieu said during a discussion on CNN regarding Google CEO Sundar Pichai testimony to the Judiciary Committee earlier in the day.

“The First Amendment prevents me from doing so. And that’s simply a function of the First Amendment. But I think over the long run, it’s better the government does not regulate the content of speech. I would urge these private sector companies to regulate it better themselves.”

Listen:

While Lieu conceded that the First Amendment prevents him from regulating free speech — and acknowledged that this is for the better — the fact that he professed an interest in controlling speech struck many as yet another clear-cut sign of the left’s authoritarian tendencies.

Nor did it help that he concluded his statement by urging tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to impose the left’s dubious standards of decency on the American people’s speech.

The Democrat congressman issued the admission after being asked by CNN’s Brianna Keilar whether he and his peers should have confronted Pichai about the alleged conspiracy theories that frequently show up on the internet, including in Google’s search engine.

“[H]ave you thought that maybe you and other Democrats have missed opportunities to use your time to press Google’s CEO at a time when these large tech companies are struggling to manage content perpetuating conspiracy theories, they’re so vulnerable to outside interference?” she asked.

It should be noted that what the demonstrably left-wing media classify as “conspiracy theories” are often legitimate concerns and facts that simply belie their Democrat narrative.

“So it’s a very good point you make. I would love, if I could have more than five minutes, to question witnesses. Unfortunately, I don’t get that opportunity,” Lieu initially replied before admitting that in an ideal world he’d possess the power to regulate speech.

The backlash to his remarks was immediate and scathing, with Twitter users blasting him for his “scary” “authoritarian desires.”

Look:

Lieu tried pushing back against the criticism in tweets posted early Wednesday evening, arguing that his statement amounted to a defense of the First Amendment.

“I would love to regulate your speech, but thank goodness the First Amendment prevents me, @POTUS, and Republicans from doing so. Get it? I’m defending the First Amendment,” he wrote in one tweet that he inexplicably directed at President Donald Trump.

Look at his tweets below:

Unfortunately for the Democrat congressmen, nobody “got it” and his excuses only drew more backlash:

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“Your express desire to say ‘I would love to regulate your speech’ in the first place, regardless of the existence of the First Amendment, displays your predisposition for tyranny and your contempt for natural rights,” one caustic critic fired back.

Others followed suit.

Look:

The latter tweet was in reference to a recent claim by Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono that Democrats fail to connect with voters because they “know so much.”

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Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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