Donald Trump promised to push to change libel law so he can more easily sue newspapers over “purposely negative and horrible and false” articles about him.
“The New York Times, which is losing a fortune, which is a failing newspaper, which probably won’t be around that much longer … I think the New York Times is one of the most dishonest media outlets I have seen in my life. The worst, the worst, the absolute worst. They have an agenda you absolutely wouldn’t believe,” Trump said during a rollicking rally in Forth Worth, Texas Friday. Trump Dumps Out Bottle Of Water And Yells ‘Rubio’
He continued, “Washington Post, I have to tell you — I have respect for Jeff Bezos. But he bought The Washington Post to have political influence. And I gotta tell you, we have a different country than we used to have. He owns Amazon, he wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it, and believe me if I become president — oh, do they have problems. They’re going to have such problems.”
“And one of the things I’m going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me and I’ve never said this before. But one of the things I’m going to do, if I win, and I hope I do and we’re certainly leading — is I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles we can sue them and win lots of money,” said the New York real estate developer.
“We’re going to open up those libel laws so that when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace, or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”