Look, we here at LwC have always tried to be fair to Trump. We realize a lot of our audience are fans of his. So we ask that you watch with an open mind…
“Washington Post, I have to tell you — I have respect for Jeff Bezos. But he bought The Washington Post to have political influence. And I gotta tell you, we have a different country than we used to have. He owns Amazon, he wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it, and believe me if I become president — oh, do they have problems. They’re going to have such problems.”
Yes, Jeff Bezos is a liberal. Yes, Jeff Bezos may have purchased The Washington Post to have political influence. Yes, Jeff Bezos owns Amazon. He’s a billionaire, so he has a crap ton of money, more than I’ll ever hope to have. Probably a beach house, too. Bastard.
BUT, and this is key, Jeff Bezos is still a private citizen. You may not like him. You have every right to dislike or even hate him. The problem here is, we have a candidate running for president who has just threatened a private citizen. Let me repeat that: A political candidate has just threatened to use political powers to damage a private citizen. Why? For saying things that politician doesn’t like.
Ignore that this is Trump for a second. Pretend Hillary Clinton has just said “If I become president, those private citizens are going to have such problems.”
We’re looking at the big picture here. The First Amendment, the right to a free press and free speech, was written to protect the press and citizens from the powers of political offices/people from attacking them. From punishing them. Why? So negative things COULD BE SAID about politicians. If the press cannot write negative things about politicians, right or left, we no longer have a First Amendment.
The political candidate continued:
“And one of the things I’m going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me and I’ve never said this before. But one of the things I’m going to do, if I win, and I hope I do and we’re certainly leading — is I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles we can sue them and win lots of money,” said the New York real estate developer.
Now replace “New York Times” with “Louder With Crowder,” and imagine Hillary Clinton saying that. Or Ted Cruz. Imagine Marco Rubio saying it. Imagine any political candidate just saying what Trump said.
Oh yes, it really is that simple. We have to look at what Trump said from a macro-perspective. Don’t get caught up in what party Trump is running in. Don’t get caught up in what newspapers he says he wants to target. I don’t like the New York Times either. But I do like plenty of online publications on the right. Like Louder with Crowder. The Blaze. The Daily Caller. And many more. If Trump opens this door to suing media for negativity, if he attempts to censor political dissidents in the press and punish them financially… all those same laws will continue on into future administrations.
Either we have the freedom of the press and freedom of speech, for both the right and the left, or we don’t.