Sen. Rand Paul to Newsmax: Govt Won’t Save Conservatives From Big Tech

Sen. Rand Paul to Newsmax: Govt Won't Save Conservatives From Big Tech (Newsmax/"Eric Bolling: The Balance")

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 05 January 2022 08:23 PM

As a libertarian, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Newsmax hailed his boycott of YouTube's due to censorship and even warned his own conservative followers to stop relying on government to save them from Big Tech censoring their speech and ideas.

"What I'm tired of is conservatives complaining about it saying, 'oh, well, the government's going to fix this,'" Paul told Wednesday's "Eric Bolling: The Balance." "Why don't we quit? Why do we keep going back? Are we such masochists? Why do we let YouTube rule our lives? Tell him to take a hike."

Paul wrote Monday his New Year's resolution was to permanently leave YouTube in protest of censorship of conservative speech, silencing debate, and sharing of ideas, declaring his "relationship with YouTube is dysfunctional."

"If all of the Newsmax listeners quit using YouTube tomorrow, you know what, they might actually see something," Paul told host Eric Bolling. "If everybody just quit and say we're not going to do it anymore. You know what, you might actually see a difference in YouTube's policy if people quit using them and went someplace else."

Paul's call to action includes hailing Rumble as a freedom of speech platform, along with his own website Libertytree.com. Ultimately, he hopes to permanently leave the likes of Twitter and other social media sites working to censor speech.

"My goal is to be rid of all of them," Paul added. "I don't want to associate with people who think they're better than me, who think they're better than my supporters. These are the people who think that we're deplorable. These are the people that think we don't deserve to be treated for COVID. These are the people who glorify if they see someone dying that's a conservative.

"I don't want to be associated with these people. My timeline for when I get rid of all of this is I have to have a viable place where I can broadcast my ideas. Libertytree.com is one place where I'll post my ideas, also on Rumble, also on Newsmax or whoever will interview me. There are ways to get the message out."

Paul noted his YouTube departure was hastened by the video platform taking down his Senate floor speech that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

"I think they are the worst," Paul said of starting his movement by leaving YouTube first. "You know, they've taken down a speech I gave from the Senate floor. You know, the Constitution actually protects what I say on the Senate floor. And yet YouTube thought they knew better than the Constitution, better than our Founding Fathers, that they would decide that, 'hm, really, it's not appropriate that I be allowed to say these things, and so YouTube took it down.'"

Paul also told Bolling he paid an in-person visit to YouTube headquarters in California where he called that media's officials "obnoxious and arrogant."

"I actually talked to them in person, talked to them in California, and told them what an obnoxious and arrogant and galling attitude is, that they think they can tell me what is important and what's not important – what I can and cannot say," Paul continued. "And so I object to that."

He also denounced YouTube's "arrogance" for boasting the First Amendment does not apply to them as an internet platform under Section 132 protections in U.S. law.

"You saw that quote from the CEO of Twitter: 'The First Amendment doesn't apply to us," Paul said. "Well, yeah, but doesn't make it any less arrogant."

YouTube's officials hailed themselves as being able to "to determine what you think is good speech and what's bad speech," Paul lamented.

"It still doesn't make it any less obnoxious and really, I just don't want to associated with closed-minded people who are afraid of ideas. Why would any of us want to do? Why should we give them free content?"

The answer is not the government involvement in this issue, nor are "more lawsuits the answer," Paul concluded, adding a call for Americans to stand up against tyranny of Big Tech.

"People have to decide if they want to go where they get bullied by people who despise us and look down their nose at us, they can go play with YouTube, but if they want to go to a place that is objective and neutral, Rumble doesn't edit you whether you're from the right or from the left," Paul said.

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