Donald Trump Says If Elected He Will Change Libel Laws to Have Media Sued and ‘Win Lots of Money’

Donald Trump Says If Elected He Will Change Libel Laws to Have Media Sued and ‘Win Lots of Money’
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Las Vegas on Feb. 23, 2016. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Jasper Fakkert
2/26/2016
Updated:
2/26/2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, American newspapers should watch out.

Trump said at a campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, that he wants to make it easier to file lawsuits against newspapers over what they report.

He says that if he’s elected, he will “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.”

He adds, “If I become president, oh, do they have problems.”

“We are going to have people sue you like you’ve never been sued before,” he said.

Trump specifically went after The New York Times accusing the newspaper of writing “hit pieces.”

“I think the New York Times is one of the most dishonest media outlets I’ve seen in my life.”

Jeff Bezos

He also had a message for Amazon founder and owner of the Washington Post.

“I have respect for Jeff Bezos, but he bought the Washington Post to have political influence,” Trump said.

“He owns Amazon, he wants political influence, so that Amazon will benefit from it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Jasper Fakkert is the Editor-in-chief of the U.S. editions of The Epoch Times. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science and a Master's degree in Journalism. Twitter: @JasperFakkert