US opposes Nazi speech, but will vote no at UN to banning it

WASHINGTON — The United States government wants you to know: It really, truly doesn’t like Nazis.

State Department officials say the U.S. plans to vote against a United Nations resolution this week condemning the glorification of Nazism. Although criticizing Nazis may seem like a no-brainer, officials say free speech protections and other problems make the resolution impossible for America to support.

Introduced by Russia, the annual resolution calls on U.N. nations to ban pro-Nazi speech and organizations. That’s a non-starter in the U.S., where First Amendment protections guarantee all the right to utter almost anything they want — even praise for Adolf Hitler’s followers.

The United States votes “no” every year. But this year, the vote may create more of a stir, given it’s the first since President Donald Trump entered office.