The publication of Michael Wolff’s explosive tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House clearly struck a nerve with America’s 45th President.
The former casino operator and reality TV star did not take kindly that many of his White House confidantes, including Steve Bannon, publicly aired out their grievances to Wolff about their incompetent boss. After Trump threatened journalists like Wolff by saying that he was going to tighten America’s libel laws, a Fox News host bashed him by saying his comments were a “word salad of nothingness.”
An angered President Trump decided to strike back against the American press by going on a tirade about his intent to change our country’s free speech laws to suit his need to not be criticized. Said the thin-skinned Commander-in-chief in reaction to Michael Wolff’s provocative book, “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.” He then complained to reporters listening how hard it was for celebrities like him to sue writers. Said the president, “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.”
Fox News host Shepard Smith, who has been one of the very few consistent critics of Trump on the conservative network, swatted away the president’s remarks. Said the host on his Fox News show Shepard Smith Reporting, “All of that, about libel laws, all of that was just a word salad of nothingness. None of that means anything. Except, look over here. He couldn’t change the libel laws if he wanted to to change the libel laws. He couldn’t change them if he got the Congress in there.” At this point, Smith broke out in laughter and pointed how, anyway, “these are state laws.” Are you glad this Fox News host has had enough spine to speak out against Trump like this? Watch his full comments below: