News came out today that President Donald Trump and his legal team have tried to stop the publication of Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The president's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to the book's publisher demanding they halt publication of the book.
Before I go any further, I have just one question for my Trump-supporting friends who scoffed at liberal hysterics over the idea of an authoritarian Trump: When is the last time you remember a president trying to halt publication of a book?
Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks this is a bad idea. Even Rush Limbaugh, not known for going against the grain of the president, had this to say on today's radio program:
"On the Wolff book, now the president’s lawyer has sent a cease-and-desist letter. That’s the best promotion a book could get! You have your lawyers send the publisher a threatening letter, “You better no publish that!” All that does is make everybody, “Whoa, what is in this sucker?” They want to go out and read it before it’s published and get copies of it however they can. So that’s the best promotion the book can have."
Thanks, Rush. And for the record, I do believe that it's also worth noting that in America, we have things called freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
And with the president this up in arms about this book, I must admit, I can't wait to read it.
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