A newspaper had the temerity to want to report on real estate mogul Donald Trump's finances in Atlantic City. Trump responded by threatening to sue them.
Here's what Trump told The Washington Post when asked about one of his Atlantic City bankruptcies: (emphasis bolded)
He said the bankruptcy was the result of external forces beyond his control, specifically an extremely bad economy in 1990. He said he had “the prerogative” to change his mind about using junk bonds in the financing.
“I didn’t want to have any personal liability, so I used junk bonds. I accept the blame for that, but I would do it again,” he said. But Trump vehemently denied that the deal represented a personal failing or affected his personal wealth.
“This was not personal. This was a corporate deal,” he said. “If you write this one, I’m suing you.”
This is not an outlier for Trump, as he has also threatened Club For Growth with a lawsuit for running negative ads against him. Trump officials also threatened to "blacklist" reporters if they left their designated media area at a campaign event, which is eerily similar to how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton treats the press.
“If you write this one, I’m suing you.”
Donald Trump threatening Washington Post's reporting on his bankruptcies
When taking Trump's attempted suppression of the press in conjunction with his recent endorsement of campaign finance reform, it's safe to say that a Trump presidency would not be friendly to the First Amendment.