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Tulsi Gabbard: Why Are People Celebrating Free Speech Crackdowns?


Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said Monday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that as a soldier, she "took an oath to uphold the Constitution," and that includes fighting for the freedom of speech for everyone "whether we agree with that speech or not."

"We take an oath to uphold our Constitution, to support and defend it, which includes supporting the freedom of speech of every single person in this country," Gabbard said.

"Let's be clear from the outset that as we are seeing now, once again, how dangerous these Big Tech monopolies are, and how imperative it is that we break them up, that we actually bring about solutions to break up the power that they have amassed," Gabbard said. "And the important thing is is that we do this through legislative changes and reform, not through throwing Molotov cocktails and having riots."

"This is where we come into play," Gabbard continued. "That we as voters need to make sure we are choosing leaders who are motivated by serving the American people, upholding the constitutional freedoms and upholding the democracy more than being motivated by selfish interest and how do I please my Big Tech monopoly donors?"

"And this is where, you know, there is a lot of hopelessness and wondering how do we do this?" she said. "Hope can be found in recognizing the power in our own voices as voters that we really do get to choose who holds these high offices of power. And that we can make that decision by saying, hey, you need to be someone who I am confident in committing to serving the best interest of the American people, who is committed to upholding our constitutional rights and freedoms. And you're not one of these people, politicians who existed so long and have been a part of the problem because they are so addicted to getting this money from the Big Tech monopolies and therefore, no matter how much noise they make about how, you know, this is a bad thing. When it comes right down to it, they don't actually do what it takes to make the changes necessary to work for us, the American people."

"I don't understand why more people aren't outraged by censorship," host Tucker Carlson said. "If Nancy Pelosi was shut down, censored, silenced, erased tomorrow, I don't care for Nancy Pelosi's views, I would swear as God watches that I would defend her. Trump, whatever you think about what he says, some of it I don't like, everybody, everybody, this is great I support this. Ro Khanna, who is like a very smart guy, he is in favor of censorship."

"What is this?" he asked.

"It is really disheartening to see how people are so inward-looking at only supporting of voices of those who agree with them, rather than recognizing the country that our founders envisioned for all of us," Gabbard answered. "As you know, we've talked about this before, this is something I take to heart in a very deep way like every other service member that we take an oath to uphold our constitution, to support and defend it, which supports including the freedom of speech of every single person in this country, whether we agree with that speech or not. Whether that speech offends us or not."

"That is what is at the heart of this country and who we are as Americans. And we must all stand up and support that and make sure that we pressure our leaders to do the same," Gabbard concluded.
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