Big tech critics Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are on the roster of President Donald Trump’s potential Supreme Court appointees if he wins a second term.
released a list of 20 potential future justices Wednesday afternoon, in an obvious attempt to court conservative voters.
He also warned that former vice president Joe Biden, if elected, would
appoint “radical justices” who “will erase the Second Amendment, silence political speech and require taxpayers to fund extreme late-term abortion.”
Hawley and Cruz
have both publicly accused Silicon Valley companies of suppressing right-wing views. Many conservatives, including Trump, have accused tech platforms of discriminating against right-wing opinions,
despite a lack of empirical evidence.
Last year, Hawley and Cruz called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the content policies of Google, Twitter, and Facebook.
controlling the content we see, these companies are powerful enough to — at the very least — sway elections,” the lawmakers wrote to the agency. “Companies that are this big and that
have the potential to threaten democracy this much should not be allowed to curate content entirely without any transparency.”
Hawley has also repeatedly backed legislation that would
curb web companies’ legal protections for users’ speech.
In July, the Missouri lawmaker introduced a bill that would require web publishers to avoid personalized
advertising in order to maintain their protections from lawsuits based on users’ content.
“Big Tech’s manipulative advertising regime comes with a massive hidden price tag for
consumers while providing almost no return to anyone but themselves,” he stated at the time.
He also proposed last year that web companies should lose their protections from lawsuits,
unless they treat content “neutrally.”
Hawley posted on Twitter Wednesday that he isn’t interested in joining
the Supreme Court.
“As I told the President, Missourians elected me to fight for them in the Senate, and I have no interest in the high court. I look forward to confirming constitutional
conservatives,” he tweeted.