CNN’s Chris Cuomo: “Please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”
As riots and looting have broken out in cities across the country, this is the message the brother of New York governor Andrew Cuomo shares at the top of his show. pic.twitter.com/ZZ47zpyVlx
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 3, 2020
After making the absurd statement in the video above, Chris Cuomo was immediately called out on Twitter, reports The Blaze’s Chris Enloe:
As many people on social media were quick to point out, there is a very prominent place in American law that says protests must be peaceful: the U.S. Constitution.
- Ben Domenech: “Yeah it’s not like the First Amendment specifies our rights as ‘peaceably to assemble'”
- Dana Loesch replied with screenshots of the First Amendment, where the it declares protests must be peaceful
- Sean Fitzgerald: “1st Amendment @ChrisCuomo ‘the right of the people peaceably to assemble'”
- “Uhhhh … that would be the #1A. In the Constitution. Apparently Chris Boy has never read it,” another person responded
- “It’s literally the 1st amendment,” Twitter user Kenny Chessor said
Indeed, the First Amendment enumerates five well-known rights to all citizens — but there is a caveat added to the fourth right, the right to assemble in protest.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” the First Amendment declares.
There’s your answer, Christopher Cuomo, Esq.