By Duncan Smith
We know that when she took her oath of office, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) swore to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.
That, of course, includes the First Amendment’s free speech protections.
But just because she took that oath doesn’t mean she took it seriously, which helps explain why she is introducing legislation to make it a crime to say “Chinese virus.”
According to this former state attorney general, the use of the terms “Chinese virus,” “Wuhan virus,” and “Kung Flu” is “inaccurate rhetoric perpetuating anti-Asian stigma.”
As the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Senate Resolution 580 condemns “all forms of Anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19,” citing “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” and “Kung Flu” as inaccurate rhetoric perpetuating anti-Asian stigma. The bill calls on public officials to denounce such rhetoric in any form. It also calls on law enforcement officials to investigate, document, and prosecute the perpetrators of hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Harris’s resolution is currently cosponsored by a host of Democratic senators, including Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), but no Republicans.
President Donald Trump has often referred to COVID-19 as the “China virus,” and some U.S. officials and media outlets early in the pandemic referred to it as the “Wuhan Virus,” all of which has been roundly condemned by China and their propagandists in the Democrat Party.
But, as the Free Beacon noted further, an analysis of Chinese media also used the term “Wuhan virus” or “Wuhan pneumonia” through at least mid-February, until the Chinese Communist government likely banned it so it could begin covering up its responsibility for the outbreak.
A companion bill was introduced in the Democrat-led House by Rep. Grace Meng (D., N.Y.), but like Harris’ bill, it’s so much virtue-signaling since there is no way the measure will be passed by the GOP-controlled Senate or signed by a president who knows where COVID-19 came from.
And for the record, there is no such thing as “hate speech,” only “speech,” and as such it is protected by the First Amendment.
Our founders never guaranteed that all of us had to agree with what others were saying, only that we couldn’t bar them from speaking.