The women of “The View” waded into dangerous territory when one host proposed “tweaking” Constitutional amendments. What began as a discussion about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s recent resignation and the platform’s choice to ban former President Trump quickly deteriorated into an attack on the First and Second Amendment.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Australia wants to go a step further, drafting a legal process for those feeling they have been defamed, bullied, or harassed, forcing them to hand over the identities of the accused bully to the courts. If we had a legal process like this, would it actually make people think twice about trolling or would people just find a new – a new way to troll?” Goldberg asked, but co-host Sunny Hostin appeared to see the merit of the idea.
However, guest host Jane Coaston pointed noted issues with applying a law like Australia’s here in the U.S., the first of which being Australia has no First Amendment free speech protections.
“Because Twitter is a private platform, Twitter can moderate, edit users, and the content as much as they see fit. My concern is always, like, if I’m on Twitter as I am, and I start, you know, going after somebody who is supportive of something that I find abhorrent, am I a troll? Can they get my identification?” Coaston asked, wondering whether the policy would be abused or punitive and how it would ultimately impact the broader conversation. “What about the use of language, and then it gets into a very murky area because I know, like, I remember in 2016 I got photoshopped in the gas chambers by the worst people in the entire world, and, like, I obviously at a point was, like, I would love to know where they lived and I could, you know, do a little research. I’m just thinking about, like, what does this mean for –”
Co-host Sara Haines said that she wasn’t sure there should be criminal accountability but that people should be required to identify themselves.
“You’re not reading it. You’re smart not to. When the Founding Fathers were busy with the amendments, the First and Second Amendments did not have AR-15s in there, weapons of war, and they didn’t have Twitter. So both amendments, I think they need to be tweaked a little bit,” Behar said then.
Behar’s outrageous remark seemed to even stun liberal co-host Whoopi Goldberg who quickly interjected to turn the subject as the comment seemed to rile up the others.