Washington Examiner: Trump will get great advice on the First Amendment (In the News)

Washington Examiner: Trump will get great advice on the First Amendment

By David Keating

The flag is a symbol of our nation, the best in the world, and our freedoms. But burning it is also free speech…

While the First Amendment is always under assault, two key members of the incoming Trump administration are good friends of free speech.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is one. He proved this in 2006 when he was one of just 18 Republicans to vote against a GOP-backed bill aimed at shutting down Democratic-leaning advocacy groups. Not only did Pence vote against the bill, he tried to get his colleagues to join him in opposing the measure.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Trump named Don McGahn as his White House counsel. McGahn did a fantastic job when he was on the Federal Election Commission. He successfully implemented many meaningful reforms there to protect due process rights and free speech. You won’t find a stronger advocate for First Amendment free-speech rights than McGahn.

Trump’s tweet is disturbing. But knowing that he’ll get advice on free speech from Mike Pence and Don McGahn makes me feel a lot better. 

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.