Liz Mair Speaks Out After Being Sued by Devin Nunes: ‘The First Amendment Is Incredibly Important’


Republican strategist Liz Mair spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tonight on Congressman Devin Nunes going after her in a lawsuit over tweets of hers.

Hayes began the segment by reviewing how Mair, Twitter, “Devin Nunes’ Mom,” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow” are being sued for $250 million in part because “people made fun of him on the internet and it hurt his feelings.”

Hayes could barely contain how amused he was before bringing on Mair and asking for her response to this whole thing and why she was named.

“I don’t think that I’m personally equipped to have any real insight into what goes on in Devin Nunes’ mind or his motivation, so I’m not sure that I can answer your question,” she said, before noting that she isn’t going to get into talking about the lawsuit itself.

Hayes brought up one tweet as an example of what Nunes is going after her for:

Hayes also noted the irony of this after all the talk from the right deriding snowflakes and safe spaces.

Mair did weigh in on the First Amendment issues here:

“I’m a libertarian Republican and I believe extremely strongly in the Bill of Rights and in our Constitution––all of it, not just parts of it, all of it––and that includes the First Amendment. And I hope that Representative Nunes does too, because he’s actually sworn an oath as a member of Congress to support and uphold and protect the Constitution, and that does include the First Amendment. From my perspective, I do think the First Amendment is incredibly important. On my read of the situation, the reason that the Framers put that in place is specifically to protect the ability of citizens to criticize their government. And in this case what we appear to have… is a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, an actual government official, who is trying to use litigation to stifle free speech. He’s trying to use litigation as a cudgel to stifle speech. So as a libertarian Republican… as somebody who believes very strongly in civil liberties, I do have a problem with that, of course.”

You can watch above, via MSNBC.

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