Well, it looks like Trump may have started another feud.
Earlier today, in response to NBC’s decision to publish the details of the meeting that led Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to brand the President a “f*%^ing moron,” Trump essentially threatened to try and yank NBC’s broadcast licenses.
Here’s the laughable – but nevertheless egregious – tweet:
Just to be clear, that is not going to happen. And if he thinks that’s even remotely (get it?) possible, well then he’s even more of a moron than Tillerson thinks he is.
But while far-fetched, it’s still unnerving. We’ve long argued that Donald Trump isn’t so much authoritarian as he is stupid and egotistical. When he says things like that, it’s probably not so much that he’s knowingly trying to emulate the authoritarian leaders that he has, at various times, expressed admiration for. Rather, it’s more that because he is completely bereft of sense, he thinks it’s not only feasible, but justified to shut down media outlets. It’s not part of some grand plan to subjugate the masses – the only grand plan here is “preserve Donald Trump’s pride” at any cost.
Anyway, the The National Association of Broadcasters is not amused. Here’s their statement:
The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press.
It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.
Right. And see in this case, NBC is actually doing more than just holding public officials accountable. They are warning Americans about something that is potentially dangerous: a President who apparently thinks that his disdain for “downward sloping charts” is a good enough reason to ramp up the country’s nuclear arsenal.
I mean, that level of ineptitude is almost impossible to conceive of. Which is probably why Tillerson found himself resorting to the profane.