It's now clear that President Trump poses unprecedented threats to freedoms of speech and press. Take Care and Protect Democracy have teamed up to host a forum in which leading scholars consider how we can use the law (and litigation) to protect against Trump's use of the "bully podium." Here are the entries in that forum.
Mark Joseph Stern | 10/11/17
From the NFL to Puerto Rico to the impending ban on transgender troops, Trump uses his “free speech rights” to bully minority communities into silence.
Charlotte Garden | 10/6/17
Collective action has proven an effective response to the President’s attempted interference with the employment of Jemele Hill and NFL players.
Sonja West | 10/5/17
In response to Trump's attacks, we should embrace the unique constitutional status of journalists and mount defenses based on the First Amendment Press Clause.
Mike Dorf | 9/28/17
Trump’s potential violations of free speech and press have much in common with his apparent violations of other constitutional limits
RonNell Andersen Jones & Lisa Grow Sun | 9/28/17
The Trump administration—in word and in deed—has engaged in enemy construction of the press.
Sabeel Rahman | 9/27/17
Executive bullying creates a potential taint of illegitimacy, of arbitrariness, that could color the political and moral legitimacy of future governmental actions
Robert Post | 9/26/17
Trump’s intemperate attacks on political speech he dislikes are inconsistent with democratic self-government.
Leah Litman | 9/26/17
President Trump’s autocratic, anti-speech tendencies are blurring one of the key boundaries in existing First Amendment law, which draws a line between government suppression of speech and private suppression of speech.
Protect Democracy | 9/19/17
Trump has besieged freedoms of speech and press. We must prepare to fight back and defend our liberties.