Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that the twin enemies of conservative thought are “social media companies and mail-in voting.”
“There’s two threats to conservatism: mass mail-in voting unverified and social media companies unregulated, unable to be sued when they take down the content of conservatives,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman told Fox News’ “Hannity.”
“Social media companies and mail-in voting will destroy conservatism if we don’t push back,” he continued. (RELATED: ‘Who The Hell Elected You?’ — Ted Cruz Criticizes Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey For Censoring NY Post, Denying The Platform Impacts Elections)
Graham made the comments as he said he plans to introduce a new bill Tuesday to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, that insulates social media sites from legal action when they refuse to post material without just cause.
“Section 230 allows the big tech companies to take down content and make decisions without being sued and they’re not regulated. There’s no business that I know of in America that can’t be sued for their actions and not subject to regulation by the government at any level, except big tech,” Graham explained.
The senator pledged “to introduce legislation that would repeal Section 230, Jan. 1, 2023, which would give the Congress two years to replace it with something better and if we can’t find that something better it goes away.”
“And you and the New York Post and Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham can sue these bastards when they try to censor content,” the senator said.
A September 2020 survey revealed that more than half of American voters support breaking up big tech companies.
Graham insisted there is also bipartisan support for restraining big tech and said, “I’ve had Democrats come up to me and say ‘we hate these big tech companies as much as you do. They’ve abused power, they’re American companies, they’ve created technology that enriches our lives, but they’ve got more power than anybody in the history of the world in terms of information flow.’”
“They have a political bias,” Graham continued. “They’re protected from lawsuits and they’re not regulated by the government. That needs to come to an end.”
Graham also said Republicans need to focus on the Senate runoff election in Georgia.
“If we lose Georgia, Bernie Sanders will become the budget chairman, not Lindsey Graham so your money’s at stake,” Graham stated, adding that the Democratic leadership will then be able to expand the number of judges on the Supreme Court from nine to 13 and “make it liberal.”
He also warned of statehood for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico while saying legislation like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All will become realities with a Democratic controlled Senate. (RELATED: Lindsey Graham: ‘If We Don’t Fight Back In 2020, We’re Never Going To Win’ The Presidency Again)
“But the most important thing for the moment here is if we retain control of the Senate, the Hunter Biden fiasco doesn’t go away,” Graham said, citing the investigation by the Department of Justice into the tax returns and business affairs of President-elect Joe Biden’s son.
Graham also said he remains on-side, overall, with President Donald Trump’s efforts to investigate alleged voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“I’m glad the president is challenging these systems. He may fall short but he’s shedding a light on the problem with mail-in voting.” Outgoing Attorney General William Barr has said that he has “not seen fraud on a scale” that would have changed the outcome of the election.
Twitter’s decision to censor a New York Post story about politically damaging emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer prompted severe criticism of big tech’s immunity from legal action.
Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee also introduced a bill on Dec. 8 that would amend Section 230.