John Cooper, the lead singer of the Christian rock group Skillet, expressed his outrage on YouTube about President Donald Trump being banned from Twitter, but didn’t mention that Trump lost his account after inciting a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington D.C.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 (Bradenburg vs Ohio) that while speech that supports law-breaking or violence in general is protected by the First Amendment, speech is not protected if it directly encourages people to take an unlawful action immediately, which is exactly what Trump did on Jan. 6 only hours before the the deadly riot that resulted in the deaths of five people, noted The New York Times.
Cooper ignored those facts, and, instead, warned that Twitter banning Trump is some kind of a grave danger to free speech (even though Trump is free to speak anytime he pleases):
Look, I don’t follow Trump on Twitter. I’m not into it. Some people love it; some people hate it; some people are in between. Whatever you are. Censoring the president from Twitter no matter what they say?
People say all sorts of weird stuff on Twitter, all sorts of violent, inflammatory stuff, look, I get it, bit that is not gonna lead to somewhere good, and I think it’s got a lot of people really freaked out.
To me that’s not the freakiest thing. The freakiest thing to me is all the subsequent things, what does this mean if Twitter has the power to censor the president.”What does that mean?” I think that’s what people are freaking out about.