Trump’s confrontation with CNN’s Jim Acosta is not going as well for the president as he would have liked. Of course, he did manage for one day to distract from the devastating losses by the GOP during the midterms, but the free press is not ready to concede defeat.
Acosta changed the cover photo on his Twitter account to a picture of the U.S. Constitution in order to remind Trump of the First Amendment. Apparently, the president has never read it.
‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) November 9, 2018
Trump has attempted to violate many of those protections. From the beginning of his presidency when he attempted to implement a Muslim travel ban that he had promised to deliver during the campaigns until Friday when Trump threatened to pull the press credentials of reporters he feels aren’t “respectful” enough, the president has done everything he can think of to violate the First Amendment when it doesn’t suit him to recognize it.
Mark Shields calls the White House’s treatment of New York Times reporter Jim Acosta “unforgivable” https://t.co/9RDCqGxqSV
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 10, 2018
Journalists like Jim Acosta and April Ryan, both from CNN and both of whom have been particular targets of President Trump, have faced death threats thanks to Trump’s vile, thin-skinned rhetoric. What better way for journalists to remind Trump that he cannot silence them than an image of the U.S. Constitution?
— Ghost Dansing (@ghostdansing) November 10, 2018
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