'I Guess It Depends on What is Hateful': Tucker Debates Writer on 'Hate Speech'
Tucker Carlson debated pop culture commentator Jasmyne Cannick on what should be considered "hate speech" in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va. violence.
Carlson said earlier in the evening that elements on the left are intentionally targeting Confederate icons because they endorsed slavery, a hateful and abhorrent practice.
But, Carlson asked whether "hate speech" or uncomfortable monuments are covered by the First Amendment freedom of expression or freedom of speech.
Cannick said hate speech is "absolutely" protected by the First Amendment but argued that it possibly should not be.
"There's a lot of hate speech from that side," she said of the far-right, appearing to say that the fringe right is more hateful than the fringe left.
"I guess that all kind of depends on what is [considered] hateful," Carlson said, adding that he strongly denounces hateful rhetoric no matter the political viewpoint.
Cannick said those folks who are trying to take down Confederate monuments see the icons as examples of hatefulness in physical form.
Carlson asked why "50 public buildings" memorializing the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who he noted was a one-time "exalted grand cyclops" of the racist organization, are still standing.
"I think you need to give it time," Cannick said.
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