Trump Declares War On First Amendment – Doubles Down On Anti-Free Speech Rhetoric

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Donald Trump has had a dislike-hate relationship with the press ever since he began his presidential campaign. Remember his rallies with tens of thousands of revved-up fans willing to do anything he asked? The president-in-waiting would point at the penned-in press and call out MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur’s name. When the Secret Service had to walk her out afterward, that was when the reporter realized she was in serious danger. It gets worse.

When Trump does not like the news, he calls it “fake news.” That way, he can say whatever he likes, and his followers will believe him over their own eyes. The freedom of the press is a guarantee that has served the country well. Most presidents are not fond of the press, but they understand this is the leg of the government that keeps them honest.

NBC wrote about a meeting Trump had with his top security advisers this summer. In it, he said that he wanted to increase the nuclear arsenal “tenfold.” The story was more than double-sourced with people who had been sitting in the room.

Still, the president said this about the press, Wednesday, in a tweet:

‘It is frankly disgusting that the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.’

True to form, the country’s leader led by threat, The Los Angeles Times reported that Trump said:

‘With all of the fake news coming out of NBC and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license?’

Reporters asked if there should be media limits, and Trump replied “no.” Then, he added that they should write “more honestly:”

‘When they make up stories like that, it’s just made up … They make up sources.’

The Twitter world went wild, because they had more than a few things to say about the subject. These are some of our favorites:

Featured Image via Getty Images/Win McNamee.

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