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Trump: It’s Not ‘Free Speech’ When Reporters ‘Write Bad’ Stories About ‘Something Good’ I Did

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Trump: It’s Not ‘Free Speech’ When Reporters ‘Write Bad’ Stories About ‘Something Good’ I Did





President Donald Trump on Thursday declared that “free speech” does not include “bad” stories written about “something good” he’s done.

Speaking at a White House-hosted “social media summit” attended by hundreds of Trump supporters and right-wing trolls, Trump railed against the “mainstream media.”

“And we don’t want to stifle anything, we certainly don’t want to stifle free speech,” Trump said. “But that’s no longer free speech. See I don’t think that the mainstream media is free speech either, because it’s so crooked, it’s so dishonest.”

“So to me, free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad, to me that’s very dangerous speech, and you become angry at it,” said Trump. “But that’s not free speech.”



He continued, talking about CNN and the use of the phrase “fake news” in the mainstream press. “The worst fakers of all” are using the phrase, he said. “They’ve turned it around!”

“We’re just not going to allow it to happen like this,” Trump said. “We’re not going to be silenced.”









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