Donald Trump just issued his most serious threat yet to free speech - 2020-05-27

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F358.png Donald Trump just issued his most serious threat yet to free speech May 27, 2020, Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Instead, Trump posted a pair of tweets that directly threatened Twitter's most basic freedoms. In one he wrote that "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices" and promised that "we will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen." A little while later he added, "Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!"

Politicians and legal scholars are in widespread agreement that Trump's promise is chilling and that his words represent a direct assault on the First Amendment.

"The threat by Donald Trump to shut down social media platforms that he finds objectionable is a dangerous overreaction by a thin-skinned president. Any such move would be blatantly unconstitutional under the First Amendment," Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe told Salon by email. "That doesn't make the threat harmless, however, because the president has many ways in which he can hurt individual companies, and his threat to do so as a way of silencing dissent is likely to chill freedom of expression and will undermine constitutional democracy in the long run."

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