Want to get elected and do some good in one of the three branches of government? Better learn to shut up and only say what you are allowed to say when it comes to elections, if Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has any say to it.
“In a surprise announcement Thursday, the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he’s drafting legislation to make it a crime for elected officials and candidates for public office to make false statements about election outcomes with the goal of inciting lawlessness. Inslee said such a law could withstand free speech challenges and is necessary to guard against ongoing attacks on democracy.”
Yes, this is an attack on democracy and the 1st Amendment.
How can we say we are a democracy if certain viewpoints are prohibited from even being discussed amongst our elected representatives?
How is prohibiting anyone from expressing their opinion on anything not an attack on the 1st Amendment?
Yes, there is a Constitutional right of everyone, including politicians, to say things that other believe to be false.
After all, once we allow “lies” to be criminally punished, the actual truth becomes less important than who gets to decide what “the truth” actually is.