Dem Warns that Kamala Harris’ Bid to Ban Trump’s Twitter Is ‘Messing Around with the 1st Amendment’

By Craig Millward | October 21, 2019 | 1:45pm EDT
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Getty Images/Earl Gibson III/Wireimage)

( Speaking on Fox News’ “Cavuto Live” on Saturday, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said he wasn’t impressed by Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) call to remove President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

Cleaver was asked by Host Neil Cavuto: “Congressman, take [President Trump’s] Twitter account away, what do you think of that?”

“Not much,” Cleaver responded, warning of the dangers of “messing around with the First Amendment”:

“Look, when we start messing around with the First Amendment, you know, I think we are moving dangerously into becoming something that I don't think any of us want to be as a nation.”

Cleaver then shifted to concerns of censorship by Facebook, saying its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, “needs to take a little more responsibility for what's going on,” and “I don't want to have one person deciding what free speech is”:

“I do think that Mr. Zuckerberg needs to take a little more responsibility for what's going on and he should be constantly refining Facebook and everything else that he's involved in, based on the changing technologies. You know, we spend a lot of money in the federal government, the committee I'm on. We deal with national security issues now and the cyber world, and I do get a little upset with Mr. Zuckerberg over just wanting to wash his hands.

“And, at the same time, I don't want to have one person deciding what free speech is. You know, because what one person sees as free speech, someone else sees as dangerous speech and too dangerous to allow it to be free.”

Sen. Harris had previously said that President Trump’s Twitter account should be suspended. And, at last week’s Fourth Democratic Debate, Harris said Trump’s Twitter account “should be taken down”:

“I would urge you to join me because here we have Donald Trump who has 65 million Twitter followers and is using that platform as the president of the United States to openly intimidate witnesses, to threaten witnesses, to obstruct justice and he and his account should be taken down.”

“We saw in El Paso that that shooter in his manifesto was informed by how Donald Trump uses that platform and this is a matter of corporate responsibility, Harris said, adding that “Twitter should be held accountable and shut down that site. It is a matter of safety and corporate accountability."


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