Democratic Lawmaker Admits He’d ‘Love’ to Regulate Speech — He’s Already Doing Damage Control

A Democratic lawmaker is quickly backpedaling after he made questionable comments about the First Amendment.

In a recent interview with CNN, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) shared his thoughts about the testimony of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The House Judiciary Committee questioned the tech leader on allegations that negative stories about Republicans are singled out.

“I would love if I could have more than five minutes to question witnesses. Unfortunately, I don’t get that opportunity,” Lieu said about the hearing.

The lawmaker then made a transition to the idea of free speech, making an interesting claim that he would want to control speech.

“However, I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech,” Lieu said. “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 that government does not regulate the content of speech.”

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Although Lieu said that self-regulation was up to private companies and that government should stay out of speech issues, some found his comments problematic and called him out on social media.

The lawmaker then attempted to clarify what he meant, tweeting that he was actually defending the First Amendment.

This is not the first time that the lawmaker has faced some backlash. Last year, Lieu walked out during a moment of silence for the victims of a mass shooting at a Texas church.

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John Gagliano Jr
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Another idiot making decisions for the citizens. He needs to go.

Erica Fry
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Is anyone surprised that the “Democrat Lawmaker” in the headline is Ted Lieu? ‘Cause when I saw that, I was like, “of course it’s Ted Lieu…”

Ron
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This is exactly what the left wants! A totalitarian government which they alone control! Our founding fathers put freedom of speech into our constitution to safeguard against tyranny like this also to promote the expression of thought and ideas. The left only cares about silincing americans making them fall in line with their ideology.

Timoteo Suazo
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the Republican Judiciary hearing alleging Google is biased against Republicans is not regulation. It was an attempt to deregulate

ron
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The most popular words today are sorry, apologize, they use so much that they don’t mean anything anymore

Mark Schlesinger
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Lefties don’t like ANY part of the Constitution. What else is new?

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