Trump Vows to Ban Feds From ID-ing Domestic ‘Misinformation’ if Elected

This is an excerpt from The New York Post. 

Former President Donald Trump vowed Thursday that he will ban the federal government from using the terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” to describe domestic speech if he retakes the White House.

The 76-year-old Trump made the pledge as part of a broader “free speech” platform announced in a video policy statement shared with The Post — vowing also to impose a seven-year ban on former FBI and CIA workers handling private-sector US consumer records.

Trump said this month’s “Twitter Files” releases “confirmed that a sinister group of Deep State bureaucrats, Silicon Valley tyrants, left-wing activists, and depraved corporate news media have been conspiring to manipulate and silence the American People.”

“The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed — and it must happen immediately,” Trump said in the video, which is expected to be the first in a series of policy announcements as part of his 2024 presidential campaign.

Some of Trump’s proposals — such as limiting Section 230 legal immunity for tech platforms unless they act with political neutrality — were pushed by the 45th president since his time in office, while others would forge new ground.

Trump said that one of his first acts as the 47th president in January 2025 would be to prohibit federal policing of lawful domestic speech.

“Within hours of my inauguration, I will sign an executive order banning any federal department or agency from colluding with any organization, business, or person, to censor, limit, categorize, or impede the lawful speech of American citizens,” he said.

“I will then ban federal money from being used to label domestic speech as ‘mis-‘ or ‘dis-information’. And I will begin the process of identifying and firing every federal bureaucrat who has engaged in domestic censorship — directly or indirectly — whether they are the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, the DOJ, no matter who they are.”

Trump Jr. also tweeted on the matter:

Although barring the use of the terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” would be a dramatic break from the Biden administration — which has admitted to “flagging” posts for Facebook to censor while allegedly operating social media tip-lines with deletion requests — it also is in line with the stance of First Amendment advocates from across the political spectrum.

The left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union, for example, said in response to an Oct. 31 report by The Intercept about federal pressure on social media to censor content: “The First Amendment bars the government from deciding for us what is true or false, online or anywhere.”

Trump announced his third consecutive presidential candidacy on Nov. 15 but has kept a relatively low profile without his trademark rallies and without the blanket media coverage that defined his first bid in 2015 and 2016. He faces potentially stiff competition for the 2024 GOP nomination, including a possible bid by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.