Joe Biden and the Democrats have weaponized governments in astonishing ways.
Many of their actions have crossed the line.
And the Biden administration made one move that even had liberal Supreme Court justices stunned.
Leftists are trying to have it both ways with regard to online censorship.
The U.S. assistant solicitors general argued on behalf of the Biden administration’s ability to block people on Twitter from following official accounts.
The issue arose when local officials in Michigan and California blocked constituents from reading their posts on Facebook and Twitter, and the constituents subsequently sued, arguing that their First Amendment rights had been violated.
The Biden administration’s lawyers argued before the Supreme Court that government officials should have broad powers to delete comments or block access to public posts.
However, even liberal justices were dismayed by the argument.
Biden censorship plan slammed into an Obama-appointed SCOTUS defection
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Barack Obama appointee, told the solicitors general, “I worry that the rules that you’re suggesting…is really not taking into account the big picture of how much is going to be happening in this forum and how much citizens will be foreclosed from participating in our democracy if the kind of rule you’re advocating goes into effect.”
Unsurprisingly, leftists were on the other side of the argument when an appeals court ruled that Donald Trump could not block users when he was President.
The New York Times gleefully reported that “President Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking people from following his Twitter account because they criticized or mocked him, a federal appeals court…Because Mr. Trump uses Twitter to conduct government business, he cannot exclude some Americans from reading his posts — and engaging in conversations in the replies to them — because he does not like their views…”
Judge Barrington Parker ruled at the time, “This debate, as uncomfortable and as unpleasant as it frequently may be, is nonetheless a good thing…In resolving this appeal, we remind the litigants and the public that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that the best response to disfavored speech on matters of public concern is more speech, not less.”
The answer is more speech
But many on the Left are fully in favor of censorship under the pretext of eliminating harmful “misinformation” and “disinformation.”
Chief Justice John Roberts also struck down the Biden administration’s argument that social media posts are essentially private property. Roberts responded, “And in what sense is this really private property? They’re—it’s just the gathering of the protons or whatever they are.”
The censors on the Left are going to have to go back to the drawing board.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.