17 August 2019
RT — Widespread efforts to silence speech deemed to be offensive threaten US constitutional rights, Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard says. Her latest campaign ad takes aim at the hot-button issue of political correctness.
In a new campaign video posted on Twitter, Gabbard lists political correctness alongside things like overly powerful IT corporations and government overreach. All three infringe on Americans’ personal rights, she says.
“Big tech. Overreaching government. Our constitutional rights are under attack. As president, I’ll protect your rights to free speech, civil liberties and personal privacy because they’re essential to our American values and must never be compromised.” —TeamTulsi #TULSI2020 pic.twitter.com/WCiUupmvSO
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) August 17, 2019
The battle between “PC culture” and free-speech advocates has become particularly fierce in recent months, with “woke” activists rallying against anything that could potentially cause offense.
Some 50 years after the Free Speech Movement, the debate over what counts as protected speech has resurfaced with a vengeance in America. Silicon Valley’s preoccupation with policing speech has led to accusations that platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are trying to suppress political opinions that don’t align with establishment liberalism. […]