This week kicked off the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The hearing was rife with drama, as protesters screamed and pleaded with the Senate to vote no.
According to The Washington Post, 70 people were arrested on the first day of the hearing, which took place on Sept. 4. To say that the hearing was intense is an understatement, as news media outlets across the U.S. repeatedly referred to it as “chaotic.”
In an interview with the Daily Caller, President Trump seemed to imply that such protests should be illegal.
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“I don’t know why they don’t take care of a situation like that,” Trump said. “I think it’s embarrassing for the country to allow protesters.”
What’s embarrassing is the president’s blatant disregard for the First Amendment, which clearly protects the right of the people to peaceably assemble and exercise free speech:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The mere suggestion that the country ought to ban such activities should be alarming to all Americans, regardless of their political leanings. A threat to the First Amendment is a threat to democracy, which is a nonpartisan issue that every patriot ought to agree on.