Recently, at the first White House Press Conference, Sean Spicer spent his entire time making the President feel better about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. When it became clear that he was lying, Kellyanne Conway, the Counselor to the President, said that he offered “alternative facts” to the press.
Wait a minute.
The Counselor to the President just said that it is okay to use “alternative facts”. There is no such thing as “alternative facts”, sweetheart. Lies are lies. We’ve had President Trump for less than a week, and already he is using his staff to spread propaganda. He’s already accused CNN of being fake news, and refuses to take questions from them. We are rapidly descending into government directly controlling the media (however, the case can be made that they already do). We have seen this happen in Turkey, with President Erdogan jailing reporters who criticize the government. In fact, Mr Trump made a comment in February on the campaign trail, stating “when [journalists] write purposefully negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.” We can only hope that the Trump government doesn’t “open up the libel laws” and jail journalists for criticizing him. We have already heard him threaten to jail his political opponents (which he later backed down on), but now that he is in power, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go after his more low-profile opponents.
Our free speech rights are under attack. When our ability to criticize the government is taken from us, there is no going back. The Second Amendment is the only one that protects the First; do not be surprised if Trump begins rolling back those rights too (despite what he’s said on the campaign trail, it is clear that he has an immense desire for complete control. The best way to do that is to disarm the populace). Keep your eyes and ears peeled for Mr Trump’s gutting of your Constitutional rights.