Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has come under fire for underscoring the importance of the right to bear arms during a speech in which he took aim at Big Tech censorship. Some have argued that his comments were taken out of context.
The Florida lawmaker made the provocative remarks at an America First rally in Dalton, Georgia on Thursday. Arguing that the Constitution should be used to “strengthen our movement,” Gaetz urged those in attendance to exercise their First Amendment right to “speak and assemble.”
He went on to criticize the “hall monitors” in Silicon Valley, claiming that tech firms were trying to “suppress” and “discourage” conservatives. The lawmaker said patriotic Americans were being pressured to “conform” to agendas pushed by liberal-leaning companies that were acting as gatekeepers to the internet.
“Well, you know what? Silicon Valley can’t cancel this movement, or this rally, or this congressman,” he declared. He then continued with his lecture about the Bill of Rights.