Ro Khanna Says He Was Just ‘Standing Up’ For 1A After Slamming Twitter Censorship

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Democratic California Rep. Ro Khanna said Sunday on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that he did nothing special when he called out Twitter for censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Khanna was the only Democrat concerned Twitter was violating the First Amendment when the platform suppressed the New York Post’s report on the Hunter Biden laptop. One email, released as part of the “Twitter Files,” showed Khanna reportedly contacted former general counsel and head of legal, policy, and trust at Twitter Vijaya Gadde to express concern about the censorship. Khanna even pushed back on Twitter executives, saying if the New York Times were to publish something containing “classified information” or “information that could expose a serious war crime…I think the NYT should have that right.”

Following the release of the “Twitter Files,” Khanna said he was just doing his job. (RELATED: Twitter Files Reveal Internal Dialogues On Why Trump Was Banned From Platform)

“I don’t think what I did was anything exceptional. I was just standing up for our Constitution and for our First Amendment. It is wrong to censor newspapers. It is wrong to censor journalists. Look, the New York Post hasn’t written a kind thing about me in my six years in Congress,” Khanna said on Fox News. “They’re a conservative point of view paper, but that doesn’t mean that you can stop publishing their pieces or articles or censor their journalists from sharing stories.”

“So it just offended the basic principles that our country is based on,” Khanna continued.

Khanna also said he is open to hearings in Congress on the topic. Khanna said “we don’t want censorship” or shadow banned because of their views, but said he doesn’t think anti-Semitic accounts, among others, should be given a platform.

Khanna made a similar statement Friday, saying that Twitter’s decision to suppress the story was “just wrong,” while on CNBC.

“They shouldn’t be censoring journalists or things that they disagree with,” Khanna said.