Dem. Rep. Val Demings to Facebook critic: ‘My First Amendment right is different from yours’

Apparently, freshman Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., thinks she’s something super-special with constitutional rights not available to anyone else.  Responding to a critic on Facebook, Demings actually claimed that her First Amendment right of free speech is “different” from everyone else’s.

“My First Amendment right is different from yours,” she said.

The Daily Wire provided some background on the situation, saying the original comment stemmed from an incident which took place when Demings served as Orlando’s police chief.

Frank Camp explained:

On the evening of February 27, 2009, a man broke into former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings’ vehicle and stole her agency-issued 9 mm handgun as well as ammunition and several other items which were stored in a duffle bag, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“Although the vehicle’s remote was used to lock the vehicle, the doors were not physically [checked] to ensure the locks [had] engaged,” internal-affairs manager Dwain L. Rivers wrote in the four-page report. “Chief Demings accepts full responsibility and does not wish to contest the sustained finding.”

Demings was given a “written censure” that would “remain in her personnel file for three years.”

Two weeks ago, she posted this to her Facebook page:

Proud to stand with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Americans For Responsible Solutions, The Brady Campaign and my distinguished colleagues in this fight for common sense gun legislation.

We stand AGAINST the gun lobby, and WITH victims of gun violence everywhere.

“Hey Val.. have they found that gun that was stolen out of your car??? Let’s talk responsible gun ownership first, before we take on other points,” Facebook user Stephen Mercer said.

Demings responded: “Teach me how to be PERFECT Stephen because obviously YOU are. My First amendment right is DIFFERENT from yours. You are wasting your time.”

The Daily Wire posted a screengrab of the comment:


Mercer responded:


Others lashed out at Demings for her comment.

“We should also keep guns out of the hands of irresponsible people, who lose their guns through negligence… You know, people like you? Or does your own “special constitution” protect you from that too? Hypocritical much???” one person said.  Many others made similar comments on her Facebook page.


The Daily Wire said it reached out to Demings using multiple venues but never heard from her.  They did, however, reach her communications director, Caroline Rowland.

“When asked if Demings could speak about the remarks she made on Facebook, Rowland simply stated: ‘No, she will have no comment on that. Thank you,’ before quickly hanging up the phone,” the Daily Wire said.

No doubt, because Demings First Amendment rights are different from everyone else’s.

It’s not the first time Demings has made insane comments.  As we reported here, she was apparently so taken by liberal violence at Berkeley that she referred to it as a “beautiful sight.”

“We have seen demonstrations — and I think you already talked about that — around the country,” she said. “Young people at Berkeley protesting against this unconstitutional order. And I heard it said earlier that we need to get involved on the local and state level. But what concerns me is that the strain that has been placed on local government, particularly local law enforcement dealing with an order that is unjust and improper,” she said.

“And so as we encourage our young people to get involved — I thought it was a beautiful sight — as we encourage people to get involved, what direction and instructions and how can we have a more organized effort so that they can be a major tool in moving our agenda forward? Anyone who feels that they can answer this question? Thank you,” she added.


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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