President Trump’s Attacks On NBC Violate Presidential Oath Of Office

President Trump’s Attacks On NBC Violate Presidential Oath Of Office October 13, 2017

The following is a guest post by The Party of Reason and Progress. The original version of this article appeared here.


 

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President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017, took the presidential oath of office and swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Oath of the President of the United States:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

President Trump broke the oath he took on Wednesday, October 11, when he tweeted:

 

With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!

 

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “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.”

President Trump’s attack on NBC is not only unconstitutional, it is hypocritical and self-defeatist.

Trump was instrumental in the rise of birtherism, or the question of President Barack Obama’s American citizenship. In a March 2011 interview on Fox News’ On The Record with GretaGreat Van Susteren, Trump proclaimed birthers to be great Americans.

Trump rightfully exercised his Ffirst Aamendment right of free speech in questioning of President Obama’s birth certificate. President Obama’s administration never once wavered in its ability to remain poised in light of seething, unwarranted attacks on his legitimacy. This has always been Trump’s mantra— – to exploit a system’s rules when it benefits him and cry afoul when it does not. He is never one to blame and scapegoats any and all without taking a modicum of personal responsibility.

President Trump picks and chooses when and to whom the first amendment applies to. When white nationalists took to the streets of Charlottesville, he was quick to point out that good people existed on both sides and neither side was of particular blame for the senseless violence. White nationalists took this as a victory for their cause, while Heather Heyer was run over and killed by an insurgent domestic terrorist while peacefully protesting by an insurgent domestic terrorist. There is a divide between hate speech, which alt-right and white nationalist groups promote, and counter-protests—, that exists – and it appears the President can not separate the two without being pushed by his closest aides.

Yet when Colin Kaepernick and National Football League players take a knee to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice, Trump lashes out and slanders their name. He pushes an anti-military narrative that not one single player has supported. He riles up the nationalist sentiment against a peaceful protest.

President Barack Obama in 2015 condemned riots in Baltimore and Ferguson. While he brought to light the prominent issues of police brutality and racial discrimination, he also condemned the few violent actors of the protests as, “criminals and thugs.” President Obama saw through these events that the actions of a few radicalized individuals would lend credibility to a larger, negative negative of the entire movement. The ability to contextualize a situation for what it was— – showcasing both the positive and negative aspects— – while speaking in no uncertain terms about the ethics and morality of the benign and malignant, is an imperative characteristic for the President of the United States to possess. A strong condemnation should not occur only after a scathing public backlash necessitates it.

The early-to-mid twentieth century allowed for entertainment, politics, and sports to have an artificial veil of separation. This romanticized period included films like Birth of a Nation that unjustly portrayed racist overtones and stereotypes and falsely equated black citizens to primitive animals. Sports were segregated. America’s schools were masked with “separate but equal” policies that promoted racial inequality and overt institutionalized racism. It is not that today entertainment, sports, and politics can no longer be combined— – it is that new media has allowed greater access to information that best highlights how every act is a political act in some sense.

In a capitalist society in which six corporations control 90 percent of media production and consumption, every decision a citizen makes— – be it which television show to watch or which news station— – earns advertising dollars for a politically-motivated group. To suppress this notion is willful cognitive dissonance.

The Party of Reason and Progress denounces President Trump’s attack on the U.S. Constitution.

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