During an interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called out the Biden administration for promoting censorship regarding environmental issues.
“Laura, this is the most recent example of the most anti-First Amendment administration in American history,” Hawley told host Laura Ingraham.
The Missouri Republican was responding to a clip Ingraham played of White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy pushing for Big Tech companies to censor speech that goes against the left-wing narrative about environmental issues during an Axios event on Thursday.
“The challenge is that now we’re moving from denial to actually just trying to disengage the public,” McCarthy said. “We have to get tighter, we have to get better at communicating, and frankly, the tech companies have to stop allowing specific individuals over and over again to spread disinformation.”
Most Big Tech platforms have already begun to enact censorship policies regarding environmental issues. In 2021, YouTube announced that videos that didn’t align with “well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change” would not be monetized. Twitter and Facebook have also taken steps to combat so-called “misinformation” on environmental issues.
While these platforms aren’t outright violating the Constitution, as they are private companies and not government entities, the fact that the government is actually putting pressure on private businesses to censor Americans’ speech is a serious assault on our freedoms, and conservatives like Hawley are concerned.
“This is an administration assaulting our basic fundamental constitutional values and principles at every single turn,” the senator said. “I can’t think of another administration in our history that has assembled an enemies list if you will and read it over and over from the White House podium and says, ‘We want these people off of social media, we want these people not to be able to communicate a message.’”
Hawley went on to list several issues that the Biden administration has pushed for Big Tech companies to suppress debate on, including COVID-19, mask mandates, and “the radical left climate change agenda.”
“I mean, it is unbelievable, Laura, what they’re willing to do,” he continued. “I think that we will look back and see that this was the moment the Biden presidency — was the moment that the left — truly lost its grip on reality. When you’re trying to silence your own citizens because they don’t agree with you, you’ve got a big problem. And that’s where the left is right now, they wanna silence Americans.”