Opinion | Don’t Let Trump’s Second Trial Change the First Amendment

Opinion | Don’t Let Trump’s Second Trial Change the First Amendment

That the law as it stands probably would not recognize the president’s remarks as incitement does not necessarily mean that it should not do so. Mr. Trump’s claim earlier this week that his remarks outside the White House were “totally appropriate” is preposterous: He deceived his supporters, disgraced his office and ordered the subversion of democracy. The rise of social media, the heated rhetoric of the Trump era, and recent spikes in hateful speech and hate crimes have raised important questions about whether decades-old First Amendment precedents can adequately arbitrate hazardous speech in an age of digital media and demagoguery. …
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