Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is no stranger to silencing opponents. However, conservatives on social media were not about to let her get away with it.
Clinton was eviscerated after she took to Twitter to call on the European Union to silence dissenting speech, Fox News reported. The twice-defeated Democratic presidential candidate was pushing for the EU to adopt the Digital Services Act to fight “disinformation” on Big Tech platforms.
“For too long, tech platforms have amplified disinformation and extremism with no accountability,” Clinton tweeted Thursday. “The EU is poised to do something about it.”
“I urge our transatlantic allies to push the Digital Services Act across the finish line and bolster global democracy before it’s too late,” she concluded. While the legislation includes protections like prohibiting targeted ads and banning images depicting the sexual abuse of minors, it also includes the apparatus to censor free speech.
This authoritarian bent from Clinton did not escape the notice of conservative Twitter. Actor Adam Baldwin chided Clinton for her “tyrannical impulse” while Tim Young, comedian and Washington Times columnist, brilliantly summed up her message.
“Translated: Restrict the First Amendment so that Democrats can control the narrative without challenge,” he wrote. Others pointed out that online censorship is a useful political tool when done under the guise of eliminating “disinformation.”
Tim Carney, author and columnist for the Washington Examiner, recalled how this became the mechanism for suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop bombshell. “Once they called the revelations from Hunter’s laptop ‘disinformation’ they made it clear the word simply means ‘stuff damaging to Democrats,” he wrote Thursday
“It shocks me that journalists take cries of ‘disinformation’ seriously still,” said. “Democrats want to use the force of the government to push Big Tech to censor news and commentary that makes them look bad,” Carney later added.
Clinton has never shied away from doing whatever it takes to silence opponents. Perhaps it is that habit that has made her so tone-deaf to the pitfalls of eliminating free speech.