When Sen. Mike Lee tweeted ‘We’re not a democracy,’ Twitter became the battleground for the republic

October 10, 2020 in News by RBN Staff

source: www.deseret.com

The Republican senator from Utah ignited a debate after the vice presidential debate with tweets about his views on government and the Constitution.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee created an uproar on Twitter for his tweets during and after Wednesday evening’s vice presidential debate, particularly his declaration: “We’re not a democracy.”

The senator, who is in isolation in Washington, D.C., after testing positive for the coronavirus last week, began the live tweets by welcoming the candidates to “the most beautiful state in America” and spoke about Utahns’ voracious Jell-O appetites.

Two minutes laters, the tweets turned more serious.

“The word ‘democracy’ appears nowhere in the Constitution, perhaps because our form of government is not a democracy. It’s a constitutional republic. To me it matters. It should matter to anyone who worries about the excessive accumulation of power in the hands of the few,” Lee wrote.

During the next 28 minutes, he sent out five more tweets that ranged from his musing on governmental powers to defending his maskless public appearance that is suspected to have led to the senator catching the coronavirus.