North Carolina cannot ban politicians from lying. We’d all like them not to but, according to a recent court ruling, lying is a first amendment right.
In a court case, a political candidate was about to be prosecuted for a misleading attack on an opponent. He sued and a court sided with him, at least temporarily. The judge found that the law that he was about to be prosecuted under was likely unconstitutional because it would have “chilling effects on truthful speech during political campaigns.”
So it is up to us to figure out if they’re lying. We can’t outlaw it.