Donald Trump has been absolutely correct to criticize the mainstream media. They are not only remarkably liberal, but even the ones who claim to be “fair and balanced” pay little attention to conservative issues and crusade for the GOP establishment.
From the beginning of this election cycle, Trump and fellow candidate Ted Cruz have been hammered by an unfair media devoted to helping a Democrat ascend to the White House and, in the absence of that prospect, helping the establishment GOP.
However, while Trump’s criticisms thus far have been valid, the thin-skinned candidate offered a scary warning of what a Trump presidency might look like.
Trump claimed on Friday at a rally in Texas that when/if he becomes president, he will change libel las in America so that he could more-easily sue media outlets.
“One of the things I’m going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we’re certainly leading. 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. We’re going to open up those libel laws.
So 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 instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected,” Trump said
What Mr. Trump referencing is nothing short of an attack upon the First Amendment.
Trump’s proclamation is chilling for several reasons:
Trump seems to believe that it is the role of the president to change laws or create laws. It is not. The role of the president is to enforce laws. We already have a despot in office who feels he can disregard the Constitution whenever it suits him to create laws. Most assuredly, Americans don’t need another one.
Further, current libel laws already prohibit newspapers and media outlets from reporting demonstrably false allegations and accusations. What libel laws do not prohibit, however, are pieces of commentary or pieces that might actually be unfair or biased.
While the state of modern journalism is admittedly lamentable, only a tyrant would maintain that the solution to biased journalism is an overhaul of statutes by the president to make it easier to sue media outlets.
This is a chilling, tyrannical notion that should give each and every supporter of Donald Trump serious pause.
Though Mr. Trump has some terrific policy proposals, can America really afford to elect a president who seems to hold such low regard for our Constitution and the protections therein?