And the first amendment gives us the right to say he's a douche.
The first amendment does not protect against criticism for statements.
Exactly It says that he has the right to say any dumb thing that comes into his head. It also gives us the right to call him on it. I only countered Potato's statement that Byrne doesn't have the right to make asinine statements.
But the other thing is also a truism: he can say anything he wants. That doesn't mean we have to pay attention.