Condescending Much? GOP Rep Actually Offers to Give Mark Zuckerberg a Copy of the Constitution

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg‘s two-day Capitol Hill inquisition wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon — but not before one last grandstanding Congressman tried his best to go viral by condescending to the tech mogul.

In the waning moments of Zuckerberg’s testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) focused his questioning on the First Amendment. And the Congressman began his four-minute inquiry by reading the First Amendment aloud.

“The Constitution of the United States, and the First Amendment says ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Nor will they abridge the freedom of speech, of the press. The right of the people to assemble…or petition the Congress for a redress of grievances.'”

And then, Duncan actually made this ridiculously condescending offer:

“I’ve got a copy of the Constitution I want to give you — at the end of this hearing.” Duncan said — waving a pocket-sized version of the document at the Facebook chief.

Zuckerberg — who, at times, seemed as though he would rather be anywhere else in the world — did not respond to Duncan’s offer. But he did, to his credit, respond to the Congressman’s questions with aplomb. Still, it’s hard to imagine Zuckerberg accepting a friend request from the South Carolina Representative anytime soon.

Watch above, via CSPAN.

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