Trump Calls For ‘Strong Look’ at Libel Laws to Stop People Saying ‘Knowingly False’ Things
Before holding a cabinet meeting earlier today, President Donald Trump sat in front of reporters and delivered a series of remarks.
For the most part, he touted all of the accomplishments he pulled off throughout the past year, including passing that tax bill, getting rid of Obamacare’s individual mandate and, oddly, even repeatedly stating that multiple news anchors sent him “letters of congratulations” for yesterday’s immigration meeting.
It wasn’t all 2017 naval-gazing. Trump did, eventually, discuss his administration’s plans for 2018.
Great! Did he dig into infrastructure, long thought to be the GOP’s tentpole issue for the rest of the year? Nope.
Instead, he talked about libel reform. Wait, libel reform?!
“We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts,” he said.
“If somebody says something that is totally false, and knowingly false, that person that has been abused, defamed, libeled will have meaningful recourse.”
“Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness.”
One wonders what got libel reform in his head. It couldn’t possibly have been Michael Wolff’s abusive, defaming and libelous tell-all, right? Right.
In other news, according to The Washington Post, Trump just hit 2,000 lies told since taking the oath of office.
There’s also a problem with his idea: Trump can’t actually change libel laws. Not even Congress can. Why? They are state laws, thus having been shaped by a series of state courts and state legislatures. He can’t touch them.