On Thursday, the future commander-in-chief tweeted that “(n)ow professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!” He then backtracked, only to launch a few salvos this morning at the New York Times, including “Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the ‘Trump phenomena’.”
Well, for starters, the president-elect sent out a lie, since the Times is actually adding subscribers at a rapid pace, presumably from folks alarmed over Trump’s “astonishing journey” and now seeking reliable information. Also, the words from the president-elect are clearly aimed at chilling legitimate protest as well as aggressive reporting on Trump’s presidency — the initial salvos of what is sure to be a White House war against the 1st Amendment that many Americans still cherish.
Meanwhile, Trump consigliere Kellyanne Conway went on national TV this morning to suggest that outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could be sued for criticizing our new dear leader. Obviously, Americans need to watch what they say, watch what they do in Trump’s America.