Monday, May 1, 2017

Now They’re Going After The First Amendment

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that it would be a good idea to abolish or amend the First Amendment because the press is being mean to Trump.

I’m not kidding.

KARL: I want to ask you about two things the President has said on related issues. First of all, there was what he said about opening up the libel laws. Tweeting “the failing New York Times has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change the libel laws?” That would require, as I understand it, a constitutional amendment. Is he really going to pursue that? Is that something he wants to pursue?

PRIEBUS: I think it’s something that we’ve looked at. How that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story. But when you have articles out there that have no basis or fact and we’re sitting here on 24/7 cable companies writing stories about constant contacts with Russia and all these other matters—

KARL: So you think the President should be able to sue the New York Times for stories he doesn’t like?

PRIEBUS: Here’s what I think. I think that newspapers and news agencies need to be more responsible with how they report the news. I am so tired.

KARL: I don’t think anybody would disagree with that. It’s about whether or not the President should have a right to sue them.

PRIEBUS: And I already answered the question. I said this is something that is being looked at. But it’s something that as far as how it gets executed, where we go with it, that’s another issue. [Emphasis added.]

These bastards should be impeached and thrown out of office just for saying it out loud.

2 barks and woofs on “Now They’re Going After The First Amendment

  1. I’m seeing this as another example of Trump’s advisers scrambling to cover one of his off-the-cuff forays into bullying: Preibus is dodging and weaving all over the place here because he can’t come out and say “My boss is an idiot.” After all, the phrase “We’re looking at it” is just noise — it means exactly nothing, especially coming from Trump and his minions — it’s meant to sound threatening, because that’s how he rolls.

  2. (oops — clicked on the wrong button; picking up where I left off).

    Nothing will come of it, except that Trump and/or his surrogates will haul it out periodically to deflect from something else.

    (And underneath this is the fact that it’s become painfully obvious that the right does not like the Constitution as it stands, and would much prefer to recast it to do away with things like a free press, the right of the people to petition the government, an independent judiciary, habeas corpus, equal treatment under the law, and the like. It’s equally obvious that Trump thought he would be a king, and just issue decrees and that would be that.)

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