"We're gonna have people suing you like you've never been sued before": Trump threatens NYT, WaPo and the First Amendment

Having run out of living enemies to obliterate, Trump takes on the Founding Fathers, iconic newspapers

Published February 26, 2016 8:39PM (EST)

Donald Trump   (AP/Jae C. Hong)
Donald Trump (AP/Jae C. Hong)

Trump swiftly squelched any notion of a post-debate, pre-Super Tuesday Rubio surge by flying in Chris Christie to Fort Worth, Texas on Friday where the governor not only endorsed the Donald, but stood stage left during the most theatrical campaign rally in history.

Sure, substantive debate might not be Trump's strong suit, but after Friday's media spectacle, it's clear he more than makes up for it with an unmatched canniness for headline domination.

After accepting Christie's endorsement and mocking Rubio by flinging water all over the stage (a la the Senator's infamous 2013 SOTU-response gaffe), Trump took an ill-advised (for anyone else) swing at the First Amendment — more specifically libel laws, which he promised to "open up" as president.

"So that when The [failing] New York Times writes a hit piece ... we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected," Trump told rallygoers. "With me, they're not protected, because I'm not like other people ...  I'm not taking their money."

Finally, Trump addressed The New York Times and Washington Post directly, "We're gonna have people suing you like you've never been sued before."

(h/t Mediaite)

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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