A Democratic congressman has introduced a bill in the House with the purpose of “opposing fake news and alternative facts.”
Congressman Adriano Espaillat explains the purpose of this legislation in a press release today:
President Trump’s claims of fake news are outrageous, and I introduced this resolution to oppose the fake news and alternative facts that we have witnessed during the President’s consistent lack of transparency during his first 50 days in office. The United States has historically and proudly enjoyed freedom of the press, and spokespersons for the Trump Administration who offer ‘alternative’ or inaccurate facts should retract their statements immediately.
The resolution itself (which you can read in full here) says that “the most recent ‘fake news’ the American people are receiving have come from the President himself and his spokespersons.”
It cites a number of examples from Sean Spicer‘s claims about the inauguration crowd size to Kellyanne Conway‘s infamous “Bowling Green massacre” remarks.
The resolution calls on Trump to “immediately acknowledge his support of the First Amendment and express his support for United States democracy” and even declares that the U.S. “should continue being a democracy, not an autocracy.” It also says any White House spokespeople who “offer alternative or inaccurate facts” should immediately retract them.
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