On Sunday morning, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus did an interview with ABC News’ Jon Karl where the subject of Donald Trump’s constant whining about the media was brought up. As most people are well aware, Trump’s not a fan of anyone calling out his never-ending stream of lies, propaganda, and incompetence.
In his words, anything negative is “FAKE NEWS!” while everything positive is, of course, 100 percent real and factual. Though he’s proven that he has no problem citing many of the sources he repeatedly calls “FAKE NEWS” whenever they report something he feels is beneficial to his agenda. For example, he recently called several polls “fake,” while simultaneously boasting about some of the data contained within them. Nothing like saying a poll is fake — except the positive information in it.
During Priebus’ interview, Karl asked him if the White House was looking for ways to make it easier for a president — in particular, Trump — to sue journalists and media entities.
“I think it’s something that we’ve looked at, and how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story,” Priebus said.
While some have seized on the obvious implications of this comment, accurately pointing out how childish Trump is that he wants to have the ability to sue the press for daring to report on factual stories he doesn’t want people to believe, what Priebus said Sunday goes much deeper than that.
Think about what he actually said. They’ve “looked at” how to change libel laws, not because the news is “fake,” but because the First Amendment prevents Trump from being able to control what’s reported about him. You know, like what dictators do with state-run “news.”
That in and of itself is alarming enough. Then we have to remember that Trump’s repeatedly attacked federal judges, even suggesting that he’s thought about trying to break up the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit over rulings he opposed.
The reality we’re facing right now is that we have a “Commander-in-Chief” who’s suggesting he might attempt to “fix” the judicial system because federal judges have ruled against his executive orders, while his chief of staff just admitted that they’ve “looked at” ways to essentially nullify large parts of the First Amendment.
Priebus’ comments are basically an admission that the current administration seems to have absolutely no problem “looking at” possible ways to attack Constitutional rights to allow Trump to be able to rule like a dictator. They’re “looking at” ways to intimidate the media via lawsuits into not reporting on anything negative about Trump — while he’s apparently inquiring about ways to weaken the power our judicial branch has to block his unconstitutional executive orders or laws.
I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, comments such as these should alarm everyone. If a president disagrees with something the media reports, or how a judge rules, that’s one thing. They’ve all done that. But it’s entirely different when officials within an administration — and the leader of it — are openly admitting that they’re “looking at” ways to attack Constitutional rights and undermine the credibility of our Third Branch of government.
This is another example which supports my stance that Donald Trump doesn’t really want to be “president,” he wants to be a dictator. And Priebus’ comments confirm that, even if it’s unlikely Trump will ever be given the authoritarian power he clearly wants, the current administration is at least “looking at” ways to go about getting that power.
Watch the interview below via ABC News:
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