A member of the House of Representatives, backed by thousands of likes and retweets, erupted:
From this we learn much. AOC is considered a leader of the Democratic Party, and her comment is signature significance, for her, any party that tolerates her, and anyone who votes for her. We know that the progressive mob wants to suppress, censor and punish any statement, information, or opinion that in any way threatens their ambitions. Because of the unethical alliance between their forces and the mainstream news media, Big Tech and social media, Democrats have been successful in content-based censorship without running afoul of the First Amendment, because the private sector is doing the part’s dirty work—the societal control of information to manipulate the public—for it. Mugs, like T-shirts, have never been considered serious public discourse, because they aren’t. Nonetheless, this House member wants them banned if they annoy her, and millions of Americans who would gladly send non-conforming neighbors to gulags fall right into line.
The mug’s text doesn’t even qualify as a lie. Opinions aren’t lies. If anyone should want that distinction understood, it should be AOC, since she routinely issues opinions that are consistent with with neither reality, law, nor common sense. Even if the message on the mug were a lie, it would be protected. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that lies are protected speech unless they cross the line into criminal fraud. Does Ocasio-Cortez know that? Oh, I doubt it. If she does know it, then she is deliberately misleading the public in a far more harmful way than Donald Trump is by saying that he won.
It is by recognizing such casual disrespect for freedom of speech by our elected leaders that we know, or should know, how imperiled it is.