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Sen. Sasse Defends First Amendment: US Will Not Work Without 'Shared Facts'

Sen. Sasse Defends First Amendment: US Will Not Work Without 'Shared Facts'
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Monday, 01 January 2018 03:28 PM

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., defended the press and the First Amendment, saying it is "not helpful" to say the press is the enemy.

"A republic will not work if we do not have shared facts," Sasse said in a video he tweeted Sunday.

"The only way the republic can work is if we come together and we defend each other's rights to say things that we differ about, we defend each others' rights to publish journalism and pieces and things that we then want to argue about," Sasse said.

A growing danger is people are becoming able to receive only information that they believe, the senator said in the video.

"It is going to be possible in the next three and five and 10 years for people to surround themselves only with echo chambers and silos of people that already believe what they believe," Sasse added.

"We need to come together as a people and reteach our kids what the First Amendment is about," the senator said in the video.

"It's not helpful to call the press the enemy of the American people," Sasse said.

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday he uses social media to combat the "very dishonest and unfair 'press.'"

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Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse defends the First Amendment, saying the U.S. will not work without "shared facts," an obvious contrast to President Donald Trump's frequent media attacks.
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