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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:13 PM

Trump Is Now Openly Trying to Censor His Critics. He May Succeed.

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Source: Slate

His campaign’s cease and desist letter to broadcast stations is a frightening assault on free speech.

Over the course of his presidency, Donald Trump has made thousands of false, offensive, and damaging claims that could hurt his reelection odds. Democrats plan to use these statements as campaign fodder through the November election. On Wednesday, the Trump campaign adopted a new tactic to neutralize these attacks: It threatened to sue critics of the president in a brazen effort to censor Trump’s opponents into silence. Any real legal action is unlikely to hold up against the First Amendment. But Trump doesn’t need to succeed in court in order to win.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/03/trump-political-ad-cease-and-desist-letter.html



Read more: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/03/trump-political-ad-cease-and-desist-letter.html



Why not defy the cease and desist as this is an obvious First Amendment protection case.

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Reply Trump Is Now Openly Trying to Censor His Critics. He May Succeed. (Original post)
StClone Thursday OP
msongs Thursday #1
Freethinker65 Thursday #2
agingdem Thursday #3
LudwigPastorius Thursday #4
oldsoftie Thursday #5
tblue37 Thursday #6
Talitha Thursday #7
Judi Lynn Thursday #8
lees1975 Thursday #9
BobsYourUncle Yesterday #17
Progressive Jones Yesterday #10
groundloop Yesterday #11
James48 Yesterday #12
keithbvadu2 Yesterday #18
dware Yesterday #19
McCamy Taylor Yesterday #13
hlthe2b Yesterday #14
beachbumbob Yesterday #15
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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:17 PM

1. opinion and analysis nt

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:21 PM

2. Get the ad treated like news swiftboat style

The swift boat ad got played for free over and over during prime time news as talking heads discussed it. More paid attention to the ad than the explaining how it was false.

Trump has vowed to sue to keep it off the air which makes it newsworthy to play over and over for free while discussing why Trump is upset about an ad that uses Trump's own words and voice in chronological order during the current pandemic.

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:33 PM

3. this ad is all over the internet

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the orange anus and his cease and desist order is like two horny teenagers...grownups telling them they absolutely positively cannot have sex makes hitting the sheets a sure thing..the POS and his sycophantic lawyers can shove their cease and desist order..they can try and can pull the ad off the networks but what's bouncing around the web is forever

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:45 PM

4. "(Trump) threatened to sue critics of the president in a brazen effort to censor (his) opponents"


Bring it, you scumbags.

ACLU lawyers need the work.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:47 PM

5. This isnt "LBN". But he also wont succeed. Theres nothing wrong with broadcasting his voice.

get over it donnie

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:04 PM

6. He is bluffing. He often sends such cease & desist letters, but he never follows through,

because he fears deposition. He's just hoping to intimidate some people into caving to his demands.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:26 PM

7. Trump: the boy named Sue.



Damn, this guy is a piece of work!

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:27 PM

8. Will this entire country allow him to become a complete tyrant? Looking very possible. n/t

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:49 PM

9. Rant on, Orange Headed Buffoon

November 3 is coming, the day we are TRUMP FREE AMERICA!

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Response to lees1975 (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:40 AM

17. MATFA--

Make America Trump-Free Again.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:01 AM

10. I say ignore the letter. Cease and desist letters don't mean shit, anyway. nt

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:33 AM

11. If Bloomberg is sincere about helping Democratic causes maybe he could get involved.....

What would be great is if some deep pocket donors put money into a legal defense fund to help fight and expose these anti-American tactics.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 01:54 AM

12. He just needs to threaten to revoke

The broadcast licenses of those stations airing the ads, and he will get his desired result.

Of course, such a threat would be a felony.

But who cares-it’s just one more.

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Response to James48 (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:59 AM

18. So that same 43% of republicans would approve a democrat shutting down Fox news?

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142128590

“Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast.”

So that same 43% of republicans would approve a democrat shutting down Fox news?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-poll-43-of-republicans-want-to-give-trump-the-power-to-shut-down-media?via=twitter_page

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Response to James48 (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 09:09 AM

19. Aren't most of those ads being played on Cable?

If so, then they don't have a broadcast license and this threat is a hollow one anyway, the FCC has no authority over Cable or Satellite stations.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 04:05 AM

13. Won't work. You can't buy publicity like that

And writers want publicity. A lawsuit will just increase sales.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 06:20 AM

14. It is legally baseless. They MUST ignore it.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 06:45 AM

15. If I was a TV station owner, I would say bring it on.

If trump wants to set an example of shutting media critics imagine what a democratic admin could do with Foxnews and rush limbaugh stations.

Its all bluster as usual

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:39 AM

16. TV stations in red states will just use this as an excuse and demand their money back.

They don't like this to begin with, but with some money triumphed, and now they will cut and run.

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Response to StClone (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 09:50 AM

20. Locking

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