Sick of not being able to spread false information, a Michigan state senator named Matt Maddock has proposed legislation where fact checkers need to be registered and open to lawsuits.
Donald Trump set quite a standard for the Republican party. According to the Washington Post, Trump lied to the American people more than 30,000 times during his four years in office.
But Maddock doesn’t think that Trump was wrong for telling all those lies. No, the Michigan Republican thinks that the fault lies with the fact checkers.
The Rep. recently posted on his Facebook page, “Social Media companies deplatform people, politicians, and businesses on the basis of “Fact Checkers” who relish their role punishing those whom they deem ‘false’. Many believe this enormous economic and social power is being abused. Who are these Fact Checkers? We’re going to find out. My legislation will put Fact Checkers on notice: don’t be wrong, don’t be sloppy, and you better be right.”
The lawmaker continued, “Many believe this enormous economic and social power is being abused. My legislation will put fact checkers on notice: Don’t be wrong, don’t be sloppy, and you better be right.”
In the last year, Maddock has been criticized for pushing misinformation about COVID-19. The Republican had also bragged about getting 20 busloads of people to January’s Trump rally which turned into an insurrection.
Democratic State Rep. Jeremy Moss says of Maddock’s proposal, “This is an affront to the First Amendment.”
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