In February, Donald Trump declared war on the First Amendment by saying that if he wins:
We’re going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected . .
When questioned by Fox News about it, Trump explained he favors a British model for libel in which the media bears the burden of proving truth which would have a chilling effect.
This is in contrast to the American system which flows from First Amendment jurisprudence which provides that public officials can only prevail if they show the press acted with malice.
During the course of the campaign, the Trump campaign also has refused to give credentials to disfavored news organizations.
This week, the Trump campaign again threatened the New York Times and demanded a retraction of a story with new allegations that Trump groped and made unwelcome advances at women. The New York Times‘ Assistant General Counsel expertly responded by putting the Trump campaign in its place. His letter is below.