Tucker Carlson responded to a California Democrat who said Wednesday that he would "love to be able to regulate the content of speech" but that the First Amendment disallows the practice.

Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents Torrance and West Hollywood, was discussing the hearing involving the CEO of Google and the debate over whether tech companies operate with a political bent.

"I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and that's simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, it's better the government does not regulate the content of speech," Lieu told anchor Brianna Keilar.

However, Lieu then clarified his intended point, saying that he would ask private companies to regulate their content, but said the government should not play that role.


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Carlson said the first freedom given citizens by America's founders is the right to free speech.

"Increasingly it is seen by our people in charge as an annoying relic," he said. "[Just] say something unauthorized in your workplace or on campus."

He said that Lieu's comments are indicative of the assertion that "the attitudes of our leaders have changed."

Carlson blasted Lieu's remark, saying the congressman was being "prevented from banning talk he doesn't like by a pesky legal antique."

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