Biden’s transition official wrote an op-ed advocating free speech restrictions

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Half-century swamp dweller Joe Biden has people on his team who think it should be illegal to say certain things.

Richard Stengel, Biden’s transition team leader for U.S.-owned media outlets, wants to redefine freedom of speech and make it a crime to utter statements that “can cause violence by one group against another,” reports the New York Post.

So much for saying out loud that the Steelers are going to beat the Jaguars on Sunday.

Stengel’s simplistic, dangerous thinking would affect the U.S. government media empire that includes Voice of America, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Not surprisingly an Obama administration alumnus and paid MSNBC contributor, Stengel wrote last year in a Washington Post op-ed that U.S. freedom of speech is too free and that changes must be made.

“All speech is not equal. And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I’m all for protecting ‘thought that we hate,’ but not speech that incites hate.”

Stengel offered two examples of “speech that incites hate”: Quran burning and circulation of “false narratives” by Russia during the 2016 election.

What about desecration of Christian churches? What about “false narratives” like the media campaign to smear President Trump as colluding with Russia?

Stengel wrote that “our foremost liberty also protects any bad actors who hide behind it to weaken our society,” adding, “Russian agents assumed fake identities, promulgated false narratives and spread lies on Twitter and Facebook, all protected by the First Amendment.”


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