Hatch and Love Run Afoul of the First Amendment.

After cravenly refusing to answer to their constituents in public town halls, the Utah congressional delegation has taken to censoring any troublesome opinions or questions from social media.

No wonder so many Utahns, particularly in Salt Lake County, are frustrated at being disenfranchised  and now, it appears, erased.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah sent letters Tuesday to each of state’s congressional representatives, advising that the “blocking of constituents on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook constitutes a First Amendment violation.”

Surely, one of our rule-of-law reps has a copy of the Constitution laying around to brush up on the Bill of Rights.

“You and your office(s) have embraced social media as a key means of communicating and interacting with constituents and the public,” the ACLU letter says. “Because your social media pages are a public forum, your blocking of these individuals is an unconstitutional restriction on their right to free speech under the First Amendment.”

In particular the ACLU called out Rep. Mia Love (who refuses to hold town halls) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (who offers carefully managed tele-town halls). Social media was the only way left for constituents to break into their echo chambers.

Glen Warchol
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The late, great Glen Warchol passed away in 2018. His last billet was on the editorial staff here at Salt Lake magazine but his storied career included stops at The Salt Lake Tribune, The Desert News, The New Times and others. His stories haunt this website like ghosts in a machine and we're always happy to see them. RIP Papa Warchol.

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