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Trump Campaign Complains About Networks Not Airing Ad: ‘Chilling Precedent Against Free Speech’

Earlier this week, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign accused CNN of “censorship” for refusing to air a campaign ad that labeled the mainstream media “fake news.” (And, yes, Trump 2020 campaign ads are actually a thing already even though we’re barely three months into the president’s term.)

Well, today, in the wake of additional networks deciding not to air the ad on their airwaves, the campaign released a statement from Lara Trump slamming the decision. They also used a Hannity appearance by the president’s daughter-in-law to make the case that this is an assault on free speech.

Setting a chilling precedent against free speech rights, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has just learned that now, all of the mainstream media television networks have decided to block the paid placement of a campaign ad that celebrates the achievements of President Trump in his first 100 days in office. The ad was first released on Monday, May 1. Since then, one by one, the mainstream TV networks have blocked the ad from running, including CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC.

During her Fox News appearance, Lara Trump proclaimed that mainstream media only champions the First Amendment “when it serves their own political views.” She also stated that it is “disappointing” that they aren’t airing the “great ad” because “this is supposed to be a free society.”

So, yeah, according to Lara Trump and the Trump campaign, networks deciding not to run paid commercials is an attack on freedom of speech.

Watch her appearance on Hannity above, via Fox News.

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