“Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness. You can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account,”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
That business about freedom of speech and the press is in the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, so it is, like, an American value.
Donald Trump is the president of the United States and, so, any criticism of the government, political advocacy, and advocacy of unpopular ideas that he may find distasteful or against public policy are almost always permitted. He cannot sue those who criticize him for what he does as a government official.
He claims there are passages in “Fire and Fury that MAY be false, he certainly don’t like them, and so his lawyers have informed the author and the publisher,
“Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book.”
Mr. Trump says that the book is filled with libel, and its only purpose is to have him look bad. He does not like the idea that someone would pass on things that are not true, accept things without verification, or simply make things up to hurt someone to their advantage. People shouldn’t attempt to promote themselves and benefit by slamming others.
And he will ignore the First Amendment an attempt to make it unlawful.
He seems to forget his own M.O.
Examples of things Trump claimed about opponents in an attempt to spread false information and weaken their standing by saying “things that are false, knowingly false”:
–January 2nd, 2018, Trump claimed that Dianne Feinstein had said. that there wax no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
-December 5th, 2017, said,”Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI.”
-October 12th, 2017, claimed that the Obama administration “borrowed more than $10 trillion, right? And yet, we picked up $5.2 trillion just in the stock market. … Maybe in a sense we’re reducing debt.”
-October 12th, 2017, said, “Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal.”
-July 11th, 2017, said that John Podesta, who didn’t work for the DNC , “refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”
-May 4th, 2017, said, “Dems want billions to go to Insurance Companies to bail out donors”
-March 20th, 2017, said, “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.”
-February 9th, 2017, said that CNN’s Chris Cuomo “never asked” Sen. Richard Blumenthal about Blumenthal’s misstatements on his own service in Vietnam.
-November 2nd, 2016, said, “Twitter, Google and Facebook are buying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton. Very dishonest media.”
-October 18th, 2016, he claimed Hillary Clinton was “let off the hook” for her email scandal while Gen. David Petraeus had his life “destroyed for doing far, far less.”
-October 10th, 2016 said that after Hillary Clinton helped a man accused of raping a 12-year-old, “she’s seen laughing on two separate occasions, laughing at the girl who was raped.”
-October 6th, 2016, said, “In her campaign for president, Hillary Clinton has received $100 million in contributions from Wall Street and hedge funds.”
-September 27th, 2016, said that top Clinton advisers “were pressing” birther movement stories “very hard.”
-September 16th, 2016, “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy.”
-August 29th, 2016 claimed that as governor, Tim Kaine “oversaw a huge increase in illegal immigration, a tremendous increase.”
-August 18th, 2016, said Hillary Clinton is “proposing to print instant work permits for millions of illegal immigrants to come in and take everybody’s jobs, including low-income African-Americans.”
-July 21st, 2016 said Hillary Clinton “wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment.”
-July 1st, 2016, “As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton laundered money to Bill Clinton through Laureate Education, while Bill Clinton was an honorary chairman of the group.”
-June 23rd, 2016 said that the Benghazi victims were “left helpless to die as Hillary Clinton soundly slept in her bed.”
-April 18th, 2016, said Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio “had it set so that the winner takes everything, because they wanted to make sure that I didn’t get anything” in the Florida primary .
-March 31st, 2016, said Ted Cruz distributed the ad showing a nude Melania Trump on a rug.
-March 13th, 2016, said the man who rushed the stage at him in Dayton, Ohio, “had chatter about ISIS, or with ISIS” in his social media posts.
-March 3rd, 2016 said the wives of the 9/11 hijackers “knew exactly what was happening” and went back to Saudi Arabia two days before the attacks to watch their husbands on television flying the planes.
-December 17th, 2015, claimed that he 9/11 terrorists’ friends, family, girlfriends in the United States “were sent back for the most part to Saudi Arabia. They knew what was going on. They went home, and they wanted to watch their boyfriends on television.”
-Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, said John McCain “has done nothing to help the vets.
-July 15th, 2015, said Florida had five sanctuary cities while Jeb Bush was governor.
-Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, claimed that President Obama spent over $2 million in legal fees defending lawsuits about his birth certificate.
-Thursday, April 7th, 2011, said that President Obama’s “grandmother in Kenya said he as born in Kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth.”
In summary, when he says they said it, they didn’t. When he says they didn’t say it, they did.
If he says they did something, they didn’t. When he says they didn’t do something, they did.
And in this way he promoted his celebrity and his candidacy for office.
A reminder to Mr. Trump:
LIBEL: a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation.
He may want to move cautiously on this libel thing.