Sen. Rand Paul believes that billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is something more and more Americans are going to be thankful for in the years to come.
“I think history will actually record that,” Paul told Fox News host Jesse Watters. “You know, back in the 1950s, and ’60s, and ‘70s, the ACLU, the Left, NAACP were great defenders of free speech and the First Amendment.”
But Paul said something changed.
“And then, somewhere along the way, something happened, and people began to think that there was only certain types of speech that were acceptable,” he said.
Paul added, “And then along came Elon
"Then along came Elon Musk. The country, the Bill of Rights frankly, all of us, are going to be very thankful that a guy with a lot of money bought a social media entity and allowed us to see the government colluding to limit speech."pic.twitter.com/8DFeUtTqAL
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) May 18, 2023
The libertarian-leaning Republican also said that the “Twitter Files,” internal company data given to reporters by Musk that showed the government working with the platform to censor, was a concerning revelation that we should all be thankful was finally exposed.
“The country, the Bill of Rights, frankly, all of us are going to be very thankful that a guy with a lot of money bought an entity, a social media, you know, entity, Twitter, and allowed us to see what was going on with the government colluding to limit speech,” Paul said.
“What we can’t allow to happen is the government to collude with private business and use them basically as their extension or their arm of censor,” the senator said.
Paul said he had legislation to prevent such government censorship in the future.
“I have a bill that would actually stop this,” Paul announced. “I have a bill that would say no one in the government can collude with anybody in the media to limit constitutionally protected speech.”