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Monday, May 23, 2016

Trump's First Amendment problem- his words are threats

In a philosophical universe, where all that's possible can happen, the miserable preview of a Donald Trump leadership of America would include an out of the term "gate" violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  So writes Michael Cohen in The Boston Globe, reprinted in "The Week" (May 27, 2016)

In fact, The First Amendent prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
Cohen reports:
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The United States Constitution guarantees Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press
Would Donaldl Trump be the first President to be indicted for violating the US Constitution?  I think so.....

Donald Trump's views on the free press should "terrify every American. While appearing on Fox News (aka Mock's News) last week, Trump complained bitterly that reporters at The Washington Post keep calling him with "ridiculous questions" and writing stories he deems as being negative, and are rumored to be working on a book about him he doesn't want to see in print.  

Then, Trump "pivoted to a darker place,"said Cohen.  He said, the Post was "owned as a toy" by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and that Amazon "is getting away with murder" and has "a huge antitrust problem."  Bezos, Trump continued in his paranoid fashion, is attacking him through the Post because "he thinks I would go after him for antitrust--- and "we can't let him get away with it."  Indeed, Trump has already said, "If I become president, oh, do they (Amazon) have problems.  They are going to have such problems." With his direct threats, Trump is clearly saying he would trample on the First Amendment and punish the Post---and other media outlets that incur hiswrath.  

Listen carefully to Trump's words. "He's basically giving us a preview of how he will buse his power (if he's God Forbid elected to lead the free world) as president.

(Certainly, Donald Trump doesn't want to be the first leader in the free world to be indicted for breaking the laws of his nation on the first day of holding office. Imagine, putting convicted President Trump in handcuffs where he'd receive Secret Service protection in a federal prison.)

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