During Thursday’s episode of Fox News Channel’s “The Five”, co-hosts Judge Jeanine Pirro and Geraldo Rivera fought over free speech and whether hate speech is a protected form of speech under the 1st Amendment.
Geraldo was the one who decided to start the spat with Judge Jeanine, bringing up the interview that Kanye West (“Ye”) did with Alex Jones and InfoWars and saying “What do you think about free speech and Elon Musk? It’s one thing to be anti-woke, but it’s not anti-woke to be repulsed by Kanye West praising Hitler or Nick Fuentes being lavishly celebrated at Mar-a-Lago, that’s not woke.”
Responding, Pirro launched into an excellent defense of freedom of speech, saying:
“Here’s the bottom line: if you don’t like what someone is saying, you don’t have the right to tell them they can’t close their mouth and they cannot speak. The United States Supreme Court in Brandenburg vs. Ohio, I go to the highest court in the land, says no matter how repulsive this speech is, America was founded on the concept of free speech. Hate speech is protected. I’m tired of saying it.”
Watch the hosts fight here:
“These people like Elizabeth Warren who says it’s wrong or offensive that one human being should decide. Well, I don’t like that Tim Cook is taking down the AirDrop for the protesters in China, that’s one guy. You know, it goes on and on, that’s not up to us. The thing that makes America different from every other country is that we have the right of freedom of speech which means we have freedom of thought. We are not a fascist nation.”
For reference, Warren, when speaking to reporters at the Capitol, said “I think that one human being should not decide how millions of people communicate with each other, and it doesn’t make any difference who that human being is. One human being should not be able to go into a dark room by himself and decide, ‘Oh, that person gets heard from, that person doesn’t.’ That’s not how it should work.”
Geraldo, in any case, then got angry and emotional and fired back at Pirro, asking “are we free to say that ‘Jews will not replace us’?”, a reference to what some of the attendees of the Charlotesville rally were chanting.
Pirro, defending free speech yet again, said “You’re free to say whatever you want. I can slap you if I feel like it, but then I will be prosecuted, okay? Here’s the bottom line: You don’t like it, that doesn’t mean that the woman is prevented from saying it. My God, how far have we gotten from the founding of this nation?”