The First Amendment: 1791 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Presidential Oath of Office: Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Trump continues to slither his way around the checks and balances that our Constitution has put in his way. As far as a free press was concerned, Trump constantly described any story that he did not like as “Fake News”. When Fox news even challenged his absurd statements Trump became more desperate. He decided to handle the news by banning video press briefings and even stopping press briefings completely. Trump is furious about all the leaks coming from his administration and calls the leakers the real story not the fake Russia story. He is now desperate to know who the leakers are. Heaven forbid that the truth should be revealed!
As early and January 2017, Trump began his attack on the 1st Amendment. In May on ABC’s Sunday Show with Jonathon Karl, Prience Reibus answered a question about the possibility of Trump trying to banish the 1st Amendment. He said, “I think it’s something we’ve looked at. How that gets executed, or whether that goes anywhere, is a different story.” http://theweek.com/speedreads/695695/reince-priebus-admits-trump-administration-looked-into-changing-first-amendment Recently, General John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, introduced Trump to a group of Coast Guard graduates. During his introduction Kelly described the Constitution as “just a piece of paper” and described the presidential oath as something that was just thrown together at the last moment. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-white-house-chief-of-staff-apparently-clueless_us_598490d5e4b00833d1de276d
Trump tried to control the FBI by firing FBI Director James Comey. Trump gained control of the whole Justice Department when he appointed the racist, hater Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General. Jeff Sessions is using his office to advance his own belief system throughout the whole country, instead of being limited to his own state, Alabama. He encourages laws that limit voting rights, women’s rights, gays, minorities, disabled, etc. For example, Sessions called the Voting Rights Act “a piece of intrusive legislation,” https://thinkprogress.org/sessions-voting-rights-c649c0585424/
Fortunately, Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation which opened the way for Robert Mueller to named Special Prosecutor for the Russia investigation. Mueller now has a grand jury to dig deeper into the Russia investigation and other ongoing investigations. Trump and his team of lawyers are desperately trying to prevent Mueller’s investigation from gaining access to his taxes and financial dealings. Too much “dirt” there.
Trump lies constantly, so the truth never gets in his way. Trump knows that his base, while shrinking, still believes anything that he says. Since the truth goes hand in hand with integrity, Trump has none. He has gone so far as to use the Boy Scouts of America to advance his pitiful presidency; disgusting.
It concerns me greatly that Trump has gone so far as to even consider changing the Constitution to protect his illegal activities. Eliminate the freedom of speech. Eliminate the free press. Hide the truth or twist it to make lies believable. Take away the freedom to vote. What is Trump’s end game here? Suppress everyone who is not a white male. In other words to be an autocratic leader with a country under his thumb is what I think.
I pray that the Constitution will continue to be foundation of the legal system of our country and that there are still men and women of integrity who will protect it.