Donald Trump kicked off his day on Thursday by threatening to “change libel laws” so that he can go after the New York Times, and anybody else who he deems guilty of “getting him wrong.” Because f*ck the first amendment, right?
Trump sent out the tweet on Thursday morning, which included a link to an opinion piece published by the Times which referred to him as being “ethically challenged.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
This isn’t the first time that Trump has said he wants to change libel laws and stomp all over the freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment. Last February, at a campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump said he was going to find a way to alter libel laws so he could sue publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post when they hurt his feelings.
I’m gonna open up our libel laws, so when they write purposely negative and horrible, false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” Trump said.
“We’re going to open up those libels laws, so that when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money.
“You see, with me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people, but I’m not taking money. I’m not taking their money. We’re going to open up libel laws, and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before,” he said.
This is the third day in a row that Trump has spent railing against the Times on Twitter. On Tuesday, he tweeted the same article as he did today and said, “The failing @NYTimes would do much better if they were honest!” On Wednesday, he followed that up by tweeting, “Remember when the failing @nytimes apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!”
The Times responded via their own Twitter account, making it clear that they had never apologized for any such thing. “We stand by our coverage & thank our millions of subscribers for supporting our journalism,” the newspaper said.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.