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Donald Trump suggests he wants US law to limit free speech in wake of publication of explosive new book

Posted on January 6th, 2018 at 23:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Donald Trump has hit out at “very weak” libel laws in the US as he branded an explosive new book detailing the inner workings of the White House as “fiction”.

Suggesting he would like to see tougher laws on speech, Mr Trump said that if libel laws “were strong… you wouldn’t have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes into your head” – referring to Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Yeah, you can say anything you want…. like  “he’s a Kenyan Musslim.” Or he started ISIS. This is like the pot calling the kettle orange.

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  1. Interesting. If you sue someone for libel, I don’t think you can avoid being cross-examined. I pity his lawyers*. It would make great TV.

    The big picture? Institutions of the US are being attacked and many people don’t seem to care.

    *Not really.

  2. Contrary to popular belief, the resistance is still strong.

Faust on the Potomac

Posted on January 6th, 2018 at 20:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


More specifically, Trump’s very awfulness means that if he falls, the whole party will fall with him. Republicans could conceivably distance themselves from a president who turned out to be a bad manager, or even one who turned out to have engaged in small-time corruption. But when the corruption is big time, and it’s combined with obstruction of justice and collaboration with Putin, nobody will notice which Republicans were a bit less involved, a bit less obsequious, than others. If Trump sinks, he’ll create a vortex that sucks down everyone involved.

And so we now have the Republican party as a whole fully complicit in Trump’s crimes – because that’s what they are, whether or not he and those around him are ever brought to justice.

What this means, among other things, is that expecting the GOP to exercise any oversight or constrain Trump in any way is just foolish at this point. Massive electoral defeat – massive enough to overwhelm gerrymandering and other structural advantages of the right – is the only way out.


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