Donald Trump vows to rewrite libel laws to make it easier to sue the media

Donald Trump Wants to Change Up Libel Laws

Donald Trump threatened on Friday to change America's libel laws to make it easier to sue media companies.

Trump told the press that if he becomes president, then he would rewrite US libel laws so people can "sue you like you'd never get sued before."

Trump was speaking at a rally in Fort Worth, Texas. The Republican presidential frontrunner had just gone on a rant about how cameras at his rallies point only to his crowds when there's a protester causing trouble.

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Stephen Baldwin

Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice," said during an interview with Don Lemon on an episode of "CNN Tonight" that Trump would make a "great" president "because he's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks."  

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Gary Busey

The actor endorsed Trump back in 2011, even after being fired from season four of "The Celebrity Apprentice," and offered his praise for the presidential hopeful again recently. "He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast," he told Fox411. "He can change the country after the last eight years."  

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Dennis Rodman

The retired pro-basketball player tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016." He was fired from season two of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Lou Ferrigno

When asked by TMZ for his thoughts on Trump, the actor and former bodybuilder said, "I hope Donald goes all the way." He was also fired from a season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Ted Nugent 

The musician wrote an article for WorldNetDaily in which he said, "[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner."

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Tila Tequila 

The model and reality star posted a video on YouTube expressing her support for Trump.

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Wayne Newton

The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on "Fox and Friends," “I love Donald, and he would make a great president,” he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson. 

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Willie Robertson

The businessman and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” supported Trump at a rally in Oklahoma last year, where he was invited up on stage. He officially announced his endorsement in January. 

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Jesse Ventura 

Jesse Ventura

The former pro wrestler, former Minnesota governor, and actor was speaking with previous Trump staffer Roger Stone for "Off the Grid," when Ventura said, "I shocked my staff today. I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.'" Though he also added, "Now I’m not a Republican — I’m not a Democrat either — so ultimately, I’d like somebody else to win overall.”

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Terrell Owens 

The retired NFL wide receiver told TMZ Sports, "This may be what the country needs and Trump... He’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run." He appeared on the most recent season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."   

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"The only way we can get the cameras turned ... is if there's a protester, because that's a bad thing, right?" Trump asked. "I'm going to develop my own protesters," he continued.

He then slammed the media in general.

"I'll tell you what, I think the media is among the most dishonest groups of people I've ever met," Trump said to cheers.

He added:

They're terrible. The New York Times — which is losing a fortune, which is a failing newspaper, which probably won't be along for that much longer — ... is one of the most dishonest media outlets I've ever seen in my life. The worst.

Trump also said that The Times is "run by incompetent people" and has "an agenda that you wouldn't believe." He criticized the newspaper earlier this week after it ran a special report that concluded that the real-estate mogul didn't have as much influence in New York City as he led people to believe.

Trump further attacked Jeff Bezos, the CEO of online retailer Amazon, who owns The Washington Post.

"I have respect for Jeff Bezos, but he bought The Washington Post to have political influence and, I got to tell you, we have a different country than we used to have," Trump said.

"He owns Amazon. He wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it. That's not right," he added.

Trump then started discussing libel laws. The billionaire businessman has issued a number of legal threats to reporters and others throughout the years, though in the US it is difficult for public figures to sue the media for libel unless they can prove malice.

"Believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems," Trump said of the media. "They're going to have such problems."

He continued:

I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. ... So that 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 — write a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected.

With me, they're not protected, because I'm not like other people, but I'm not taking money, I'm not taking their money.

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