There is no First Amendment right to violence | New York Daily News


In his farewell address to Congress, Rep. Adam Kinzinger chastised his Republican colleagues for justifying the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as “legitimate political discourse.” As the Jan. 6 Committee report made clear, while the message of Trump supporters might be protected political speech, the medium used by the insurrectionists — violent attacks on people and property — stripped the message of its constitutional shield.

Trump Republicans can shout all they want that the 2020 election was stolen; they can hold rallies; they can threaten political retaliation; they can censure members of their own party who dissent from the majority view; they can glorify the participants in the Jan. 6 protests as patriots. All of it is protected speech. However, the breach of the Capitol walls, the defiling of its contents, the assaults on its guardians were not constitutionally protected acts; they were criminal acts.

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