Trump’s recent comments have drawn bipartisan concern to whether or not the president is recanting on his Oath of Office.
Since Trump took office, has blamed the media for almost all of the problems he has had as president. Trump has attacked journalists countless times, calling them “sick people”, accusing them of being “the source of division in our country.”
After the death of Heather Heyer, the result of racial tensions boiling over in Charlottesville this past summer, Trump said: “The only people giving the platform to these hate groups is the media itself.” Following Charlottesville, Trump accused the media of “trying to take away our history and heritage” when states and cities began taking down their Confederate statues.
Trump’s justifies his constant attacks on the media by convincing himself that “You would think they want to make our country great again. And I honestly believe they don't.”
On January 20, 2017, president Donald Trump took the Oath of Office, swearing to protect and defend the constitution of the United States: including the freedom of speech and press.
What’s Happening Now:
Republican Senator Ben Sasse is now questioning whether or not Trump’s statement that it’s “disgusting” that the press can “write whatever it wants” indicates that he is recanting on his Oath of Office.
The Oath of Office that all presidents take vows to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” including the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.
On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that it is “disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.” Although he clarified that he has no plans to restrict press freedom, but his comments provoked criticism from both parties.
Sasse, a Republican, admirably took a stand against the head of his own party because even he could see the threat Trump’s comments could pose.
“Mr. President: Words spoke by the President of the United States matter. Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?” asked Sasse in a statement.
Criticism engulfed Trump’s earlier suggestion that the federal government should challenge NBC News’s broadcast license following a publication by the network that reported Trump showed interest in increasing the United States’ nuclear arsenal “tenfold.” Trump denied voicing any interest in the matter.
Trump, as he often does, tweeted complaints of “fake news” Wednesday night, saying that any networks that report what he considers “fake news” should have their licenses “challenged and if appropriate, revoked.”
The First Amendment clearly states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment, including the press. His comments suggest that Trump may be partial to the idea of censoring the media in order to preserve his image, a move that would violate his Oath of Office and the constitution itself.
Trump’s relationship with the press so far has been problematic, to say the least, his frequent attacks on news outlets that provide critical coverage on his administration claim their portrayal is “unfair” or “partisan.”
H/T: The Hill