Even so, AEI is mostly a bystander as Republicans fight among themselves to squelch the Tea Party grassroots.
Attempting to squelch political speech by calling it hate speech only makes Israel look weaker.
Yes, the party wants to squelch cultural expressions that threaten its own continuity and survival.
1620s, "to fall, drop, or stomp on something (soft) with crushing force," possibly imitative of sound made. The figurative sense of "suppress completely" is first recorded 1864.