Kellyanne Conway is very good at working shocking or important statements into casual conversation with anchors and reporters. Sometimes, she does it so seamlessly that it goes unchecked. A good example came yesterday when she lamented on MSNBC that there are no “consequences” for people who say “whatever the heck they want” about President-elect Donald Trump.
During a talk with Chris Matthews, she said this:
People feel like with Donald Trump, they have license to say whatever the heck they want about this guy, with no consequences, with no blowback. The guy has a right to defend himself. And he rarely draws first blood. It’s when he is attacked, he likes to set the record straight.
What does that mean, then?
They were talking about Trump’s attacks on detractors, but as President, he’ll have the power to do much more than just tweet, so really, what did she mean? Is it like when Trump himself said he wanted to strengthen libel laws to go after the press? Is it like what he suggested that anyone who burns a flag should be incarcerated or have their citizenship taken away?
“Consequences” for free speech are a violation of the First Amendment, but Matthews moved on to a new question when she finished, asking her about Trump’s latest position on terrorism.
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