Once again Donald Trump is threatening the First Amendment by demanding that our defamation laws be weakened to allow him to sue any news outlet that publishes anything that makes him look bad. He says his administration is going to take a “strong look” at changing those laws.
“We’re going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws,” the president told reporters during a meeting of his Cabinet at the White House. He went on to call current U.S. libel laws “a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness, so we’re going to take a strong look at that.”
Trump did not elaborate on how he might undertake the effort, but said simply, “We’re going to take a very, very strong look at it.”