Trump Doesn’t Think Four Democratic Congresswomen Have Free Speech Rights

Trump Doesn’t Think Four Democratic Congresswomen Have Free Speech Rights July 20, 2019

Donald Trump is once again showing his utter contempt for the First Amendment by claiming that the four Democratic Congresswomen he has been viciously and inaccurately attacking in recent days don’t have a right to criticize the United States. He vowed that they won’t get away with it as long as he is president.

President Trump capped his week of attacks on four minority congresswomen on Friday, saying that while he’s president any criticism of the United States is unacceptable and they “can’t get away with” it.

His statement is at odds with the Constitution, which grants every American the right of free speech.

They “can’t get away with” speaking badly about the United States, Trump told reporters outside the White House. “I can tell you this, you can’t talk that way about our country, not when I’m the president.”

Yes, actually, they can (leaving aside the fact that they are criticizing policies, not the country in general, and that doing so is actually an act of great patriotism, while his is a betrayal of the nation’s ideals). The Constitution that you’ve never read and spend your days defecating on guarantees it and the courts will protect that right — yes, even the judges you’ve appointed to the bench. This is just anti-free speech macho bluster from this blowhard dictator wannabe.

And if he actually believed that you don’t have a right to criticize the country, how about he start with people like Tony Perkins, who was just appointed by Trump to chair the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Do I really need to quote the innumerable times Perkins has claimed that America is going down the drain because of gay rights? Or how about Trump himself, who criticizes the country as beset with “political correctness”? It seems criticizing the country is just fine if you’re agreeing with him, but not if you’re disagreeing. This is one of the hallmarks of the tinpot dictator he so badly wants to be.

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