President Donald Trump called for new laws to restrict free speech while fuming over author Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump campaign and presidency.
During a Cabinet meeting, Trump whined about how libel laws are not strong enough and called for new legislation against people who say things that are “knowingly false.”
The Washington Post notes that Trump has made 2,000 false statements since taking office, but that didn’t let stop the president from pointing his finger at others:
We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts. And if somebody says something that’s totally false and knowingly false, that the person that has been abused, defamed, libeled, will have meaningful recourse.
Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness. So we’re going to take a strong look at that. We want fairness. You can’t say things that are false, knowingly false and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account. We’re going to take a very, very strong look at that. And I think what the American people want to see is fairness.