Just watching Donald Trump address a press conference in New York City; he has said that despite efforts of the politically correct to strip her of her crown, Carrie Prejean will remain Miss California. The Donald said she has taken a large amount of abuse from people “who shouldn’t be handing out abuse.”
I thought Trump offered a very nice introduction. He noted that in the Miss USA pageant on April 19, she offered the same answer on gay marriage as did the President of the United States. He called the question both tough and fair. “If her beauty wasn’t so great, nobody would have cared.”
She’s speaking now, saying “how much better our society would be if we could just agree to disagree.” I agree.
I did agree with the better part of her statement.
She was wrong, however, when she contended that the abuse hurled on her undermined her constitutional rights. The abuse may have been mean. But, her words notwithstanding, those who hurled such abuse were indeed exercising their constitutional rights. The First Amendment gives us the freedom to speak freely, even to speak maliciously.
UPDATE: Politico has more, including video of Miss Prejean’s response. Meanwhile, Cornell Law Professor William Jacobson holds that Donald Trump has trumped the thought police by exposing their “utter hypocrisy.”