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But instead of talking about his travel-ban win in the Supreme Court or the NFL caving on anthem protests or the fact that whackjob lefties are still trying to kill the jobs created by the Keystone XL pipeline, Trump had to say this:
Gee, Mr. President, at what point is it appropriate to use the power of federal regulations to punish a media outlet for criticizing you? I think most small-government conservatives would answer “Never.” Or “Absolutely not!” Or, to be a bit more accurate, “Are you out of your mind?!”
And others would be really upset…
As with all things Trump, I assume that I’m completely wrong and that there’s a win here that I am congenitally incapable of grasping. So perhaps a pro-Trump person could explain in the comments below how a POTUS talking this way is good for conservatives, Republicans, a free press, or pretty much anything else.
Because I know how the Talk-Right currently backing Trump would have responded if, say, Nancy Pelosi had called for the return of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.” Or how they would respond if President Obama and his administration had repeatedly attacked Fox News as “not really news.” I know — because I watched it happen.
So please explain to me the connection between “conservatism” and “powerful government agent threatens the use of federal regulatory power to silence his critics.”
Because it sounds an awful like what the Talk-Right used to hate about the Obama Left.