In a paradoxical House session Thursday, worthy of an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” House Democrats desperately tried to censor Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s speech at a meeting intended to address censorship and targeting concerns.

Kennedy, who is running for president against President Joe Biden, was invited by Republicans to testify at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

During the hearing, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz moved to take the hearing into executive session due to Kennedy’s alleged “antisemitic and anti-Asian comments.”

Democrats also attempted to limit Kennedy’s speaking time, questioning why he should be given 10 minutes when witnesses usually receive five minutes.

Schultz’s attempt to halt the hearing and transition to an executive session ended in a 10-8 defeat, owing to the Republican majority within the committee. During the vote, several Democrats uttered phrases like “no to hate speech” as they opposed the GOP’s efforts to reject Schultz’s motion.

Schultz’s attempt to halt the hearing and transition to an executive session ended in a 10-8 defeat, owing to the Republican majority within the committee. During the vote, several Democrats uttered phrases like “no to hate speech” as they opposed the GOP’s efforts to reject Schultz’s motion.

“This itself is evidence of the problem that this hearing was convened to address,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy also said that YouTube censored his speech announcing his candidacy five minutes in, even though he didn’t talk about vaccines in that speech.

“Debate — congenial, respectful debate is the fertilizer, it’s the water, it’s the sunlight for our democracy,” he said.

Kennedy waved a letter signed by 102 “fellow Democrats” to keep him from being able to speak, c alling it an attempt to “censor a censorship hearing.”

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“Censorship is antithetical to our party,” Kennedy said. “It was appalling to my father, to my uncle, to FDR, to Harry Truman, to Thomas Jefferson, as the chairman referred to. It is the basis for democracy.”

Kennedy said that they had to invent a new word — “malinformation” to censor people like him because there was no misinformation on his platform. “Everything I put on that account was cited and sourced,” he said.

“Censorship is antithetical to our party,” Kennedy said. “It was appalling to my father, to my uncle, to FDR, to Harry Truman, to Thomas Jefferson, as the chairman referred to. It is the basis for democracy.”

Kennedy said that they had to invent a new word — “malinformation” to censor people like him because there was no misinformation on his platform. “Everything I put on that account was cited and sourced,” he said.

Kennedy’s organization, Children’s Health Defense, has filed a lawsuit against various news organizations, including The Associated Press, for alleged antitrust violations related to their actions to identify COVID-19 misinformation, NewsNation reported.

Kennedy also defended himself against attacks that he was racist or anti-Semitic, citing his pro-Israel record and reminding the House that he was the only person who spoke out against the Biden administration’s $2 billion payout to Iran, which he called a “genocidal program.”

Kennedy’s appearance at the hearing reflected ongoing debates over free speech and censorship in the context of social media platforms and online information dissemination.

Some groups had requested that he be disinvited from the hearing due to recent remarks labeled as antisemitic.

But Kennedy’s opening remarks ended with a tone of hope. “We have to stop trying to destroy each other!” he said. He asked Americans to find a place inside themselves of light, empathy and compassion.

“And above all,” Kennedy said, “we need to elevate the Constitution of the United States, which was written for hard times, and that has to be the premier compass for all of our activities.”

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