You go, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse!
The young Nebraska Republican — a freshman member of the “world’s greatest deliberative body” — has asked a pertinent question of the president of the United States.
Is Donald J. Trump “recanting” the oath of office he took in January?
Trump, you see, is ratcheting up his battle with the news media. He is suggesting that television networks are “disgusting” him by reporting negative news. He calls it “fake news,” of course. Trump is suggesting also that networks could have their licenses revoked because of their reporting.
But wait! He took an oath to protect the Constitution, which allows the media to do their job without government interference or pressure.
Sasse writes: “Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter,” the Republican senator wrote in a statement. “Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on Jan. 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the 1st Amendment?”
Fascinating, yes? Sasse is a Republican, just like the president. Oh, but the president keeps yapping that all this negative stuff is being fueled by Democrats.
Now he is seeming to imply that the Constitution’s guarantees of press freedom in the First Amendment don’t matter.
I’ll give the president “credit,” though, for this. He has “united” partisans on both sides of the aisle in condemning his ridiculous notion of censoring news outlets.