Author and University of North Georgia professor Matthew Boedy mapped out how the order has little to do with free speech and much to do with dismantling public education: a stated goal of Betsy DeVos whose Department of Education will be integral to the enforcement of the new executive order.
How exactly the order will be applied will only be evident once it is used. Until then, everything is just speculation. Nossel of PEN America stated:
“Just the fact that the President first announced this at CPAC, the fact Jeff Sessions when he was attorney general making a speech in front of Turning Point USA, a conservative group, this issue, you know, kind of adds this ideological cast.”
“You know, really the First Amendment is nonpartisan. It doesn’t have any ideological bias. It protects speech from across the spectrum. And so, the fear here is that you know, this is not just about protecting all kinds of speech it’s about protecting certain kinds of speech and I think that’s the way the executive order is implemented it’s highly problematic.”
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