The President of the United States has just threatened to completely close and end one of the biggest news networks in the country, NBC News, because they are “bad” for the United States. Trump has threatened to go after the network’s broadcasting license, an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment by the nation’s highest office.
“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?” Trump posted this morning, “Bad for country!”
Trump also said that NBC “made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold” increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal,” which he described as “pure fiction, made up to demean.”
The NBC report he’s complaining about revealed that Trump said he wanted “what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders.” Trump was reportedly angered by a chart that showed that the U.S. has been reducing its nuclear arsenal since the late 1960s.
NBC’s sources also revealed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” because of this exact meeting. Tillerson in a press conference refused to deny calling Trump a moron, sending Trump into a rage about fake news. Trump himself basically confirmed that the report was true yesterday, when he challenged Tillerson to an IQ test over it.
Trump is getting desperate because of the negative media coverage he receives, despite the fact that he causes it all himself with his behavior. His stress levels are obviously high, perhaps because after his feud with Bob Corker, his chances of impeachment skyrocketed. What is clear though, is that this is a dangerous attack from the highest office in the land on the free press. It is hard to describe how bad of a situation this is for this country, but what is easy to describe is the imminent need to remove Trump from office.