June 13, 2016 11:02 pm -


Donald Trump announced on Facebook he’s revoking the paper’s press credentials.

According to Trump, this decision is a response to a story the Post published earlier this morning that accused Trump of trying to connect President Barack Obama with the Orlando shooting. The story referenced an interview Trump did with Fox News this morning in which he said, “Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind.” The Post apparently took that to mean Trump was implying that the president may be “identifying with radicalized Muslims.”

“We are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post,” Trump wrote.

Spurious as the Post‘s claims may be, it’s hard not to read Trump’s decision to ban the storied publication from his events as a major attack on the free press. Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time either. The Trump campaign has repeatedly turned down reporters for press credentialswithout explanation or warning. Meanwhile, the candidate has promised that if he becomes president, he will “open up” the country’s libel laws to make it easier to sue news outlets “and win lots of money.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.