GOP Sen. Hawley: Dems, Big Tech Consolidating Power Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2020 i( Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images)
By Eric Mack | Sunday, 02 May 2021 02:34 PM
Democrats are working to consolidate the power of government and their "strong alliance" with big tech, working to censor dissenting opinions, according to Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
"That is anti-American," Hawley told Fox News host Mark Levin in a "Life, Liberty & Levin" interview airing Sunday. "That is anti-free speech. It's anti-First Amendment."
This is not just big tech acting independently, because the left is glomming on to their American voter influence, Hawley added.
"Make no mistake, the left is cheering them on," he said. "You hear the Democrats sometimes talk about these companies – they love the power that these companies have.
"They love it. They love the power over speech that Facebook and Twitter have, and they want them to do more.
"The left wants Facebook to censor more. They want Twitter to censor more. They want Google to censor more. So there is a strong alliance between the left wing in this country and these mega-corporations."
This alliance between the left and big corporations is a danger to free speech and the free market's "competition and innovation," concluded Hawley, whose book "The Tyranny of Big Tech" delves in-depth into the dangers and is set to be released Tuesday.
"The left can achieve with these companies what they could never do with government because the First Amendment would actually stand in the way, thank goodness, if it were government that were explicitly trying to censor us and tell us what we could say," Hawley added to Levin.
"When the left uses these mega-monopolies to do it, well, then it's fine. And that's why they go out there and say, 'Oh, the First Amendment doesn't apply to Facebook,' 'The First Amendment doesn't apply to Google, so censor away,' and they want to combine the power of government and the power of these corporations. And boy, is that dangerous for free speech."
And a danger to democracy, Hawley concluded: "If the American people can't decide what we want to read and not, if we can't decide what kind of news we want to see and if we can't talk about it together, if I'm not allowed to share what I want to share in terms of, 'I think you ought to read this news story; I want to comment on this,' if there's some censor out there who can effectively shut me down any time I express a contrary view, how is our democracy going to survive?"