'Censorship by surrogate': Jordan and Gaetz blast FBI, DOJ for 2020 election actions

By Jen Krausz on
 February 11, 2023

On Thursday's Hannity, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) blasted the actions taken by the FBI and DOJ to censor social media and other media platforms in an attempt to impact the 2020 presidential election.

House Judiciary Chair Jordan said:

Here’s a fundamental question, Sean, why is the FBI sending a list of accounts to Twitter and telling Twitter we think these accounts, we think these tweets violate Twitter’s terms of service?” Jordan replied. “Why are they doing that? If that’s not pressure, if that’s not coercion to take down free speech, to take down political speech, I don’t know what it is. So, I like that term ‘censorship by surrogate’ because that’s what took place, and we know that because of the Twitter files.

Gaetz pointed to the censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story as undeniable proof that censorship affected the election.

"We are just starting to learn all of the different features of shadow banning and trying to shape political thought for people in this country," Gaetz said. "I just want an FBI that goes and stops the bad guys from committing crimes and holds them accountable when they do, not an FBI and Department of Justice that’s trying to shape the political thought of our fellow Americans."

It's absolutely insane that any lawmaker would have to say that people should be able to vote the way they want without the government trying to influence them, and by extension their votes and the election outcome.

As Gaetz said, "We can decide who we want to vote for without the FBI and the DOJ trying to manipulate the digital marketplace of ideas.”