Harry Reid Displays Appalling Contempt for the First Amendment

Hans von Spakovsky
The Foundry

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave an interview this week in which he displayed contempt for the First Amendment and the rights of Americans to engage in political activity and political speech.

Reid voiced support for a constitutional amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would severely restrict free-speech protections and promised he would force “multiple” votes to pass the measure…

…In the interview, Reid continued his unwarranted attack on the Charles and David Koch for having the temerity to participate in the political process by voicing their opinions and supporting candidates.

Reid said he is angry the Kochs have spent money in elections including “in state party [and secretary of state] races.” Yet, Reid displays no concern whatsoever over the many liberals, such as George Soros and Tom Steyer, who spend enormous amounts of money in the political field. Or the many unions that support Reid and his political party almost exclusively and who, as Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal has pointed out, spend far more on political campaigns than the Koch brothers.

Although the amendment sponsored by Udall and supported by Reid would limit fundraising and spending on political speech for Americans, there is one glaring exception in the amendment: It would not apply to the press…



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Related:   Chuck Todd Rips Harry Reid: ‘You Can’t Have Selective Billionaire Outrage’  (video)

…“Are you really going to selectively decide, ‘Well, I like this billionaire because that billionaire agrees with my agenda, but I don’t like that billionaire and so billionaires are bad for politics,” Todd said in a critique of both parties. “You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have selective billionaire outrage.”…



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