Trump Wants to ‘Open up’ Libel Laws to Sue Media Outlets
Donald Trump challenged the First Amendment on Friday, suggesting that he wanted to “open up” libel laws in order to restrict the media from criticizing him.
Trump says he wants to "open up our libel laws" so he can sue news outlets and "win lots of money." pic.twitter.com/AeWfSvPfi5
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“I’m gonna open up our libel laws, so when they write purposely negative and horrible, false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” Trump said at a rally in Fort Worth, Texas.
“We’re going to open up those libels laws,” he added. “So that 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.”
“You see, with me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people, but I’m not taking money. I’m not taking their money. We’re going to open up libel laws, and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before.”
The Hill reports:
Trump, who has a contentious relationship with the media and has accused several members of the press of treating him unfairly, did not offer additoinal details about the plan.
The billionaire businessman’s comments came moments after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who ended his own Republican presidential bid after a poor showing in New Hampshire, endorsed him for president.
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