A Democratic lawmaker is in hot water after saying that he “would love” to mandate the content of speech, if only the First Amendment didn’t prevent him.
Rep. Ted Lieu appeared on CNN where he claimed, “I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. 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.”
Perhaps realizing his gaff, Lieu took to Twitter to amend his statement while declaring his support for the First Amendment. He remarked, “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.”
This isn’t the first time Lieu has made trouble for himself. In the previous year he faced scrutiny for walking out of a moment of silence meant for the victims of a mass shooting in a Texan Church.