President Donald Trump would "rather have fake news like CNN" than have anyone, even his worst opponents, be censored, Trump told a West Virginia rally on Tuesday.
Any form of censorship is worse than the harm done by fake news sources, like CNN, Trump said. He also warned that, if even one type of censorship is permitted, it creates a slippery slope that can backfire on the censor. Thus, as much as he loathes fake news, he'll live with it - and we should, too, Trump said:
“We’re protecting also - so important for West Virginia and a lot of states - we are protecting, again, religious liberty. And, we’re are also standing up to social media censorship. That’s the new thing; that’s the new thing.
“You know, I’d rather have fake news – like CNN – I would rather have fake news, it’s true, than have anybody including liberal, socialists, anything, then have anybody stopped and censored. We’ve got to live with it. We got to get used to it. We’ve going to live with fake news; there’s too many sources.
“Every one of us is sort of like a newspaper. You have Twitter, or whatever you have, you have Facebook. But, everyone, you can’t have censorship. You can’t pick one person and say, ‘Well, we don’t like what he’s been saying, he’s out.’
“So, we’ll live with fake news. I mean, I hate to say it, but we have no choice because that’s, by far, the better alternative. You can’t having people saying, 'Censorship.'
“Because, you know what? It can turn around. It could be them next; it could be them next. We believe in the right of Americans to speak their minds."