WFB’s Lachlan Markay Questions Sen. Mitch McConnell at AEI


This morning during an address regarding “Washington’s ongoing assault on free speech.” Senator. Mitch McConnell was as asked a question about the proposed constitutional amendment that would specify no rights in the constitution apply to corporation. The question was asked by the Washington Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay. Below is the transcript of the exchange.

LACHLAN MARKAY: Hi, Lachlan Markay with the Washington Free Beacon. A couple of your colleagues have proposed a constitutional amendment, Senators Tester and Murphy, that would specify that no rights in the constitution would apply to corporations. I’m just wondering if you could react to that and maybe discuss what some of the consequences of that would be.

MITCH MCCONNELL: Well you have to give them some points for not hiding it. Well look, the Constitution has been amended very rarely in our well over 200-year history. For good reason, it has served us well. They are uncomfortable with corporate free speech obviously; they were not uncomfortable with corporate free speech when corporations that owned newspapers or television stations were engaging in it. They only become uncomfortable with it when the Supreme Court said why should there be a carve out for corporations that own the media outlet and for no one else? It’s an absurd proposal and it won’t go anywhere.