CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said on Wednesday that "hate speech" is not protected by the U.S. Constitution, an opinion unshared by many, if not most, constitutional lawyers.
Cuomo's declaration came in response to a Twitter user who said to Cuomo that "too many people are trying to say hate speech [does not equal] free speech."
"It doesn't," Cuomo said back in a Twitter message. "Hate speech is excluded from protection. Don't just say you love the Constitution. Read it."
Cuomo did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner media desk. He did follow up in Twitter messages that he was referring to the Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire ruling, wherein the Supreme Court found that speech intended to incite public unrest is not protected.
The American Civil Liberties Union has said in the past that hate speech is protected by the Constitution.
"The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects speech no matter how offensive its content," the group says on its website.
Issues of free speech have resurfaced in the news media after two men on Sunday shot up a convention in Texas, where cartoonists were participating in a "draw the Prophet Mohammed" event.