Recently, Rep. Josh Hawley (R-MO) took to Twitter to complain about a New York Post op-ed and complain that he had been “canceled” and “muzzled.”
“It will get worse,” Hawley wrote. “The tech titans have already booted dozens of conservatives off social media, and if they have their way, half the House Republican conference will be expelled from Congress.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) decided to fire back at Hawley over his remarks. The congresswoman brought to Hawley’s attention that he wasn’t being “muzzled,” but instead was facing the backlash for his role in sparking the failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
“You were given prime space to say this in a billionaire-run rag that specifically amplifies right-wing views, part of a entire subsidized industry of right-wing outlets,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “You’re not ‘muzzled,’ Hawley. You’re just deeply unpopular, and aided insurrection. And you need to resign.”
In a subsequent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said that conservatives think their right to free speech means, “I have the right to be liked, accepted, and popular no matter what I say, who I endanger, or how much I lie.”
Listening to them, you’d really think some Conservatives interpret the right to free speech as “I have the right to be liked, accepted, and popular no matter what I say, who I endanger, or how much I lie”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 25, 2021