Earlier today, Donald Trump made himself look like a complete idiot when he tried to threaten the free press and say that he was going to double down on libel laws.
Right before a cabinet meeting, Trump condemned the press for its “fake news”, which is really just factual coverage that Trump doesn’t like (because it exposes him and makes him look bad). Stunning reporters, Trump said:
We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts. If somebody says something that is totally false, and knowingly false, that person that has been abused, defamed, libeled will have meaningful recourse. Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness.”
Of course, Trump got tons of backlash for this, and some of the sources are surprising everyone. Trump has gone so far off the deep end that Fox News, the only mainstream network that has continued to support him, has jumped ship and ripped him apart.
Earlier today, Fox News host Shep Smith blew everyone away and trashed Trump for his “word salad of nothingness.” In a brilliant monologue, Smith not only exposed Trump for his stupidity and not knowing how libel laws work, but he tore the president apart for being more of a perpetuator of fake news than the media:
For clarity, because we’re in the position to report facts here, all of that about libel laws––that was just a word salad of nothingness, because none of that means anything, except ‘look over here’. He couldn’t change the libel laws if he wanted to change the libel laws, he couldn’t change ’em if he got the Congress in there. These are state laws.”
Smith also made sure to remind Trump of a simple fact that the whiney imposter in the White House always seems to forget:
He’s not a dictator! He’s not a king! He can’t change the libel laws. That’s preposterous!”
Finally, it looks like Fox’s reporters are actually doing their job to report the news. Bravo, Shep!
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