What I noticed in this election is that liberals do indeed back free speech, as long as it goes along with their program.
If I were the GOP, I would take this "defiance" and "resistance" and I would simply tip my hat and then run my agenda through. They really can't stop the process. Sure, they'll filibuster but thanks to the beloved Harry (I should have quit years ago) Reid, the Trump train will run right over them.
Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.