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Louis CK: President Donald Trump would ‘decimate the First Amendment’

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MADISON, Wis. – There are a few things the right and the left can agree on.

A few.

One is this: Donald Trump, based on the things he has said, would be very bad for the First Amendment – if he really means the things he has said.

Perhaps comedian Louis CK said it best in his weekly email blast to fans in which he compared Trump to Adolf Hitler while urging conservatives not to vote for the loud-mouth billionaire.

Politics aside (CK coincidentally says he would prefer the next president be a conservative “only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance), the bawdy comedian hammers home a critical constitutional point.

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THE TROUBLE WITH TRUMP: Comedian Louis CK in an email to his fans likened Donald Trump to Hitler and said Trump would ‘decimate the First Amendment.’

Trump, who has used the First Amendment to say all kinds of things that many people find outlandish, hateful, or absolutely false, has said that he would eviscerate those same constitutional protections if elected.

During a rally last month in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump said he would change the libel laws in the United States to make it easier for him to sue news organizations that print or say things he doesn’t like.

“One of the things I’m going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we’re certainly leading. 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,” Trump told an enthusiastic crowd. “We’re going to open up those libel laws. So 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.”

As CK pointed out, Trump would take his knee-capping of the First Amendment a step further – mafia style: “(Trump) said that Paul Ryan, speaker of the house will ‘pay’ for criticizing him. So I’m saying this now because if he gets in there we won’t be able to criticize him anymore.”

“If you are a true conservative. Don’t vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him. Everything you have heard him say that you liked, if you look hard enough you will see that he one day said the exact opposite. He is playing you,” CK urged right-of-center voters. In typical Louis CK style, the comedian had some other choice descriptors for Trump that might not be suitable for all audiences.

He pointed to the fight Trump picked with U.S. Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War hero, simply because McCain urged conservatives to look first at Trump’s record.

“At a time when our world has never been more complex or more in danger … I want Republican voters to pay close attention to what our party’s most respected and knowledgeable leaders and national security experts are saying about Mr. Trump, and to think long and hard about who they want to be our next Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world,” McCain wrote in a statement last week.

When told about the statement, Trump told CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett that McCain “has to be very careful.” When pressed on why, Trump added: “He’ll find out.”

“Do you really want a guy to be president who threatens John McCain? Because John McCain cautiously and intelligently asked for people to be thoughtful before voting for him? He didn’t even insult Trump. He just asked you to take a good look. And Trump told him to look out,” CK wrote.

Ultimately, Trump “has nothing to do with politics or ideology” or constitutional protections, CK concluded.

“He has to do with himself. And really I don’t mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much,” the comedian wrote.

As CK notes, he’s insulting Trump openly while he can. He knows that he could “pay” for saying such things about President Donald Trump.


M.D. Kittle is bureau chief of Wisconsin Watchdog and First Amendment Reporter for Watchdog.org. Kittle is a 25-year veteran of print, broadcast and online media. He is the recipient of several awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and others. He is also a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors. Kittle's extensive series on Wisconsin's unconstitutional John Doe investigations was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck's TheBlaze. His work has been featured in Town Hall, Fox News, NewsMax, and other national publications, and his reporting has been cited by news outlets nationwide. Kittle is a fill-in talk show host on the Jay Weber Show and the Vicki McKenna Show in Milwaukee and Madison.