Donald Trump prolongs war on First Amendment: "Our press is allowed to say whatever they want"

Trump seems to have lost interest, however, in suing his many sexual assault accusers


Brendan Gauthier
October 24, 2016 5:33PM (UTC)

In an interview with CBS Miami at his hotel in Doral, Florida, on Sunday, Donald Trump whined about defamatory media coverage of his campaign, suggesting the U.S. adopt the UK's stricter libel laws.

"Well, in England they have a system where you can actually sue if someone says something wrong," Trump said. "Our press is allowed to say whatever they want and get away with it. And I think we should go to a system where if they do something wrong . . . I’m a big believer, tremendous believer, of the freedom of the press. Nobody believes it stronger than me. But if they make terrible, terrible mistakes and those mistakes are made on purpose to injure people — I’m not just talking about me I’m talking anybody else — then yes, I think you should have the ability to sue them."

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"In England you have a good chance of winning," he added, when pressed. "And deals are made and apologies are made. Over here they don’t have to apologize. They can say anything they want about you or me and there doesn’t have to be any apology. England has a system where if they are wrong things happen."

Following the train of thought, WFOR-TV's Jim DeFede mentioned Trump's promise over the weekend to, should he be elected, sue the scores of women now accusing him of sexual assault.

"We will see about that," Trump said in response to suggestion that he ought to focus on being president and not filing unwinnable lawsuits. "But I will tell you, what is said it was just fiction. By the way, just so that you understand, this is just fiction. This was made up out of thin air. This never happened. So we will see what we will see. But I am most worried about the fate of our country."


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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