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Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee suggested Monday that Tucker Carlson could be the first to be prosecuted under legislation she has introduced that would see any white person talking about ‘replacement theory’ be criminalized.
As previously noted, the legislation, known as The Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023, would categorise any speech that is found to have “inspired” a racially motivated crime as a ‘hate crime’.
The draconian law would effectively make an individual responsible for someone else’s crime if prosecutors were able to successfully argue that their political rhetoric was a motivating factor.
The bill also targets speech that “vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-white person or group” on social media.
If such content is “read, heard, or viewed by a person who engaged in the planning, development, preparation or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime,” even if misinterpreted, the creator of such content is guilty of conspiracy.
Appearing on perpetual race baiter Joy Reid’s show, Jackson Lee was asked “Does this bill allow potential prosecution of people like Tucker Carlson?”
“Because he is one of the people who promotes white supremacist ideology,” Reid further claimed.
“The bill has nothing to do with speech,” Lee asserted, adding “I was thinking about the pledge of allegiance and it says justice and equality for all. and I would offer to say that everyone deserves justice and equality.”
“It seems that the right wing extremists, the violent extremists, don’t want that to happen,” she further suggested.
“This does not criminalize speech,” she persisted, further claiming “It’s a crime bill, a criminal law bill, which means that intent would have to be proved that what generated out of that speech– or your intent was to provoke someone to violence and that a violent act did occur. [If] Mr. Carlson or anyone else chooses to speak in ugly terms, his speech is protected.”
Lee also claimed that under the legislation, non-white people could also be prosecuted if they advocate for “white supremacy.”
“It also is not a guarantee that white supremacy is promoted only by people who happen to be Caucasian,” Lee said, further proclaiming that “It is a philosophy, it is a philosophy and a point of view of that [FBI] Director [Chris] Wray has spoken about now for almost three years — that white supremacy is the largest part of domestic terrorism and domestic terrorism is larger than our fears of years back of Al-Qaeda.”
While the bill faces certain failure and would never be ratified by the Supreme Court, it’s clear that the intent of the legislation is to target and silence people like Tucker Carlson, who has built a massive audience on the back of highlighting how crazy Democratic proposals such as this very one are.
Carlson castigated the legislation last week, noting that “This single bill would do more to criminalize speech … than any other piece of legislation that has been proposed in the entire history of this country.”
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