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Trump loses it over being called a 'moron,' despotically threatens to shut down free press

Donald Trump is apparently obsessed, and very angry, about NBC’s report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a “moron.” Now he has threatened the network’s broadcast license in his latest tyrannical attack on the freedom of speech. The threat came as part of a morning tweet-rage about another report from NBC that Tillerson called Trump a […]

By Oliver Willis - October 11, 2017
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Donald Trump is apparently obsessed, and very angry, about NBC’s report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a “moron.” Now he has threatened the network’s broadcast license in his latest tyrannical attack on the freedom of speech.

The threat came as part of a morning tweet-rage about another report from NBC that Tillerson called Trump a “moron” after Trump demanded to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal tenfold. The United States currently has enough nuclear weapons to end all life on earth.

On Twitter, Trump asked, “At what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

Despite the White House’s attempt at spin, it is clear that the “moron” story is agitating Trump.

CNN’s Jim Acosta reported that Trump was not joking when he called for an IQ test to compare his intelligence with Tillerson’s. CNN’s source in the White House said Trump “was pissed that people found out he called him a moron and he spouted out about the IQ test because he was mad.”

The attack on NBC was in line with his fetish for authoritarianism and sympathy for dictators.

From the Oval Office, Trump and his underlings have repeatedly made dictatorial decrees and statements. They have argued that black NFL players do not have free speech rights; they have banned reporters engaged in aggressive reporting on the Russia influence scandal; they said they were “looking at” ways to limit speech; they asserted that journalists should be “forced” to report favorably on the administration; and they have declared that Trump’s power “will not be questioned.”

Trump has also used the presidency to coddle and praise dictators as he echoes them. Trump bucked the free world and congratulated Turkish dictator Reccep Tayyip Erdoğan for an anti-democratic referendum. Then, after making money from the Turkish government, he praised Erdoğan at the United Nations.

Trump also praised Rodrigo Duterte in the Phillipines after he slaughtered his own people, and even said he would be “honored” to host North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

During the campaign, Trump brazenly attacked the concept of a free press and viciously singled out reporters, and he has not backed down from the dangerous rhetoric.

It is also clear that Trump has no problem with falsehoods and lies broadcast in the media, but only when they come from fake news outlets backed by Russians who support him, or from his allies at Fox News, Breitbart, and the rest of the right-wing media.

Using the power of the government to attack speech you don’t like is the hallmark of a dictator. Trump believes in that principle completely, and he continues to do so — with Republican support.


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