Fighting Against the Trump Presidency: Free Speech

While I tend to focus on general topics on this blog, I’m trying to post resources this week on how to focus your dollars, activism, and efforts on reducing the harm from this year’s election. This will be a multi-part series of short entries, focusing on a variety of causes that you can get involved in to mitigate some harm.


 

Jeremiah Traeger

Jeremiah Traeger

Donald Trump is threatening to be, with no exaggeration or hyperbole, the most anti-free speech president we’ve ever had. I will debate anyone on this. The only reason we shouldn’t be concerned is when he is unlikely to fulfill his campaign promises (which is admittedly often, since he rapidly changes position and often takes positions that are unenforceable).

Among the things he has done –

Donald has threatened “closing parts of the internet”

Donald has threatened to “open up” libel laws to sue the press.

Trump is no stranger to SLAPP suits, which are frivolous lawsuits which penalize people who have valid criticism but do not have the resources to defend against a false libel suit.

He completely misunderstands the First Amendment and thought that protesters against him were violating his free speech.

He has removed press members from covering his events with no explanation.

He wants to deport Colin Kaepernick for expressing dissent against America.

He has stated that the FCC should fine a journalist for insulting him, as well as threatened to sue a PAC critical of his behaviors against free speech.

A consistent theme in his behavior both in the campaign cycle and post-election has been to show a blatant lack of transparency of the press. Furthermore, while he may be too incompetent to carry out any real harm, his current cabinet pick behavior makes me worried that he will pick someone out that will be capable of doing such things.

What can I do?

Consider being a regular donor to the American Civil Liberties Union. They have defended a variety of free speech issues. Unlike our orange overlord, they have supported people’s right to protest the ACLU. Consider being a contributor to the work that they do?

You can subscribe to a print newspaper, such as the New York Times or the Washington Post. Seriously. Right now, the media relies on a news model that is based on “clicks”, which exacerbates skew and causes people to share unreliable sources. Print media is far more balanced, and with the rise of the internet it has been harder and harder to get reliable reporting. You can help by supporting this medium.

 

Related Piece: If the Alt-Right Actually Cares About Free Speech, they Need to Ditch Donald

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