Why Trump's Threats Against the NFL May Violate the First Amendment

Several interpretations of the Constitution say that Trump has already broken the law by threatening free speech concerning the NFL. When can we start impeachment proceedings?

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It would make sense if President Trump — the man who once tweeted that “Barney Frank looked disgusting--nipples protruding--in his blue shirt before Congress” — were a rigid supporter of the First Amendment. But that’s not the case: He’s threatened to “open up” libel laws. He’s called journalists the “enemy of the American People.” He’s blocked critics on Twitter. His administration has selectively barred media organizations from attending briefings. And now, with recent tweets targeting the NFL and NBC, he might have violated the constitution.

Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017

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