Donald Trump’s fascist tendencies are well-documented. Today, he took those tendencies a step further and announced his plans to expand libel laws. That way he can sue all of the mean people who hurt his fragile feelings.
And one of the things I’m going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me and I’ve never said this before. But one of the things I’m going to do, if I win, and I hope I do and we’re certainly leading, is I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles we can sue them and win lots of money.
So if a budding journalist were to write a blog about how Donald Trump’s policies would be more at home in North Korea than North America, he would file a suit. If The Washington Post published a piece on how The Donald acted like a petulant child at the debates, he would sue. Satire would be dead. All it would take is a single Saturday Night Live sketch about how Trump thinks his daughter is hot and a team of lawyers with bad hair would descend on 30 Rock in a heartbeat.
Current law already protects public figures from false statements. The Constitution does not require protected speech to be nice. Actually, the fact that it protects unpopular or even hateful speech is where all of the freedom lies. It’s what makes America great.
If this doesn’t wake people up to how bad a Trump presidency would be, nothing will. For 7 years regressives have complained about Barack Obama taking away our freedoms, even though he hasn’t. Now they’re lining up to vote for a guy who is promising to make us less free, and they cheer him on. Are Mexican people and Muslims that scary? Are they so frightening that people are willing to elect a man that promises to shred the Constitution? Not with imaginary gun grabs, but with an assault on the Fourth Estate.
At very least, Trump is overestimating the power a President has. The Supreme Court would surely strike down any expansion of libel law that would cover vague accusations such as “purposely negative” and “horrible”. Let’s not take that chance and do all we can to make sure the reality show clown doesn’t get anywhere near the Oval Office.
Watch Donald’s announcement below:
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