At 9:30 a.m. on December 19th, CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted that the First Amendment “shouldn’t protect vile bigots” like Phil Robertson.
And while making this claim, Morgan also reiterated his position that the Second Amendment “shouldn’t protect assault rifle devotees.”
Twitchy.com posted Morgan’s tweet, as well as one he sent six minutes earlier in he which typed, “Phil Robertson is not a ‘victim of political correctness.’ He’s a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry.”
When defenders of Robertson’s right to speak his mind took to Twitter to tell Morgan how the First Amendment works, Morgan hedged himself in by tweeting, “Calm down everybody. I’m merely exercising my own 1st Amendment freedom of speech rights to say Phil Robertson’s a racist bigot.”
Morgan’s tit-for-tat approach to the scope of First and Second Amendment rights proves little except his own strange understanding of the U.S. Constitution. The Bill of Rights enumerates rights that the United States government shall not infringe. Since A&E is no arm of the United States government, it’s somewhat puzzling that Morgan would even bring the First Amendment into the conversation.
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