While Nina Jankowicz is on pace to become the first head of President Joe Biden’s newly-created Disinformation Governance Board run by the Department of Homeland Security, she used to have a problem with executive control of “truth.”
According to a video that has surfaced from just two years ago, she expressed a great deal of discomfort with the Executive Branch having power over free speech when GOP President Donald Trump was in the White House.
The Daily Wire reports:
A number of past comments, tweets, and videos of Jankowicz began to surface after it was announced that she was to lead the newest federal entity — which will endeavor to “counter the spread of false information” — and those comments raised questions as to whether or not she would do so with equal measure without imposing her own political views.
But perhaps the most eye-opening video of them all came from May of 2020, when she argued that the executive branch — then occupied by former President Donald Trump — should not have the power to determine what information was true and what was not.
May, 2020. Nina Jankowicz was horrified at the idea of the Executive Branch (Trump) having any say in what is true or false.
She uses Poland's "Ministry of Digitalization" as an example of "anti-democratic online governance".
She also admits to being funded by Facebook. pic.twitter.com/5XoptnuMpJ
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“Imagine that, you know, with President Trump right now calling all of these news organizations that have — inconvenient for him — stories that they’re getting out there, that he’s calling ‘fake news,’ and now lashing out at platforms,” Jankowicz said.
“I would never want to see our executive branch have that sort of power, and that’s why, you know, the legislative process, with our duly elected officials is really important. That sort of consultative rule-making process. We can’t just govern by executive order anymore,” she added.
And yet, the planned board which she has been appointed to lead does exactly that, The Daily Wire notes, adding that the board reports to the head of DHS who reports directly to Biden.
Several lawmakers have already expressed alarm over the creation of the board, including Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a former state attorney general.
“I write with deep concern about the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to create a new Disinformation Governance Board. I confess, I at first thought this announcement was satire. Surely no American Administration would ever use the power of Government to sit in judgment on the First Amendment speech of its own citizens,” a letter to DHS from the senator began.
“Sadly, I was mistaken. Rather than protecting our border or the American Homeland, you have chosen to make policing Americans’ speech your priority. This new board is almost certainly unconstitutional and should be dissolved immediately,” he added.