American Freedom of Speech Has Been “Abridged”

Do Americans still have the right to speak their minds freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment? Apparently not, as one 19-year-old can attest.

Newly professional bike racer Quinn Simmons lost his job when he supported President Trump with one word. A Dutch journalist, Jose Been, had tweeted that he hopes “this horrible presidency ends for you [referring to Americans], adding, “if you follow me and support Trump, you can go.” Cyclist Simmons tweeted back, “Bye.” Officials of cycling team, Trek-Segafredo, fired Simmons claiming his tweet was “divisive, incendiary, and detrimental to the team.” When a different tweet accused Simmons of being “a Trumper,” he replied with a picture of the American flag. Apparently, this added to the incendiary and divisive nature of his speech.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intentionally placed at the top of the list of fundamental American rights. The founding fathers thought the most important right was to protect our freedom to communicate from over-reach by a federal government.

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