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Rutledge Opposes Biden’s Ministry of Truth

Says ‘Free speech is one of our most cherished and fundamental rights, and I will fight any attempt to strip Arkansans of that right

LITTLE ROCK –Attorney General Rutledge joined a multistate letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas opposing the Biden administration’s “Disinformation Governance Board.”  The Governance Board is charged with policing ‘thought crimes’ though the censorship of social media, and it represents yet another effort by the Biden administration to violate American’s free speech rights.

“President Biden’s creation of a real world Ministry of Truth represents another Orwellian attack on First Amendment liberties,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Free speech is one of our most cherished and fundamental rights, and I will fight any attempt to strip Arkansans of that right.”

The attorneys general letter argues that the “Disinformation Governance Board” would curtail a citizen’s right to express their opinions and disagree with the government, furthering self-censorship rather than protecting freedom of speech. The Board’s creation is also an example of federal overreach. There is no statutory authority to support its inception – particularly as the public’s elected representatives debate the issue of disinformation in Congress. 

The letter states that “The Disinformation Governance Board, by its very existence, and almost certainly by design, threatens to ‘enforce silence’ when Americans wish to express views disfavored by the Administration. It is therefore already chilling free speech and impeding the political process in Virginia and every other State. This is unconstitutional, illegal, and un-American. Unless you turn back now and disband this Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board immediately, the undersigned will have no choice but to consider judicial remedies to protect the rights of their citizens.”

Attorneys General Rutledge is joined by Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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