Trump faces furious backlash after attacking freedom of the press: ‘It’s in the Constitution — that thing you never read’
In a single tweet, President Donald Trump attacked the constitutional right to a free press and possibly confirmed he asked the attorney general to lie for him.
The president angrily disputed a report that he asked Attorney General William Barr to declare he’d done nothing illegal in his phone call to Ukraine’s president, but he then disputed that Barr had declined his request to publicly discuss the call.
“Bill Barr did not decline my request to talk about Ukraine,” Trump tweeted.
He then attacked the First Amendment to defend himself against an impeachment inquiry.
“The story was a Fake Washington Post con job with an ‘anonymous’ source that doesn’t exist,” Trump added. “Just read the Transcript. The Justice Department already ruled that the call was good. We don’t have freedom of the press!”
Bill Barr did not decline my request to talk about Ukraine. The story was a Fake Washington Post con job with an “a… https://t.co/bgBQSW8FdK— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1573129721.0
The tweet prompted furious pushback from other social media users.
@realDonaldTrump We do have freedom of the press, actually. It's in the Constitution, that thing you've never read.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1573129824.0
@realDonaldTrump 1. Please show us where DOJ ruled that "the call was good." 2. At the end of the day, Barr did… https://t.co/l5gwGj7DEZ— Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️ (@Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️)1573129877.0
@realDonaldTrump So, you admit you DID ask him to talk about Ukraine?— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1573129991.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump interprets “Freedom of the Press” as “Freedom of the Press to Write Positive Stories About Me.”“— pwthm11 (@pwthm11)1573131552.0
@realDonaldTrump Barr doesn't want any attention on himself regarding the Ukraine. https://t.co/j91eCTX5do— Diane Toucan (@Diane Toucan)1573131471.0
@realDonaldTrump 1. Multiple sources claim Barr did deny it. 2. The “transcript” is a summary that still contains… https://t.co/H613qOpKsX— Eric Wolfson (@Eric Wolfson)1573131908.0
@realDonaldTrump So your lap dog said “no”.— Susan (@Susan)1573134564.0
@realDonaldTrump You didn’t release a transcript, but the memo shows you did something wrong. We still have freedo… https://t.co/XHa1KD1kEf— Common_Sense (@Common_Sense)1573135138.0
@realDonaldTrump You haven't released a transcript. https://t.co/kiOa8a2qvO— Avi Bueno (@Avi Bueno)1573130097.0
@realDonaldTrump You’re screwed. https://t.co/Lk0N7PIhlb— Bella Max (txkidatheart) (@Bella Max (txkidatheart))1573130419.0
@realDonaldTrump Actually, we DO have freedom of the press. That's why you hate the media. https://t.co/71UNUee29V— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️)1573130410.0