Email #35, Subject: freedom of speech?

You wrote to me that the three-branch system and the Bill of Rights will prevent Donald Trump from assuming too much power. But he said that he believes the First Amendment has “too much protection,” and he wants to rewrite laws to reduce it. The First Amendment is one of our nation’s most cherished principles, and you stated yourself that “protecting our constitutional freedoms” is one of your very top priorities. I assume this means you will strongly resist any attempt to alter existing laws that President-elect Trump claims protect us too much? Since these freedoms are so important to you, why haven’t you spoken out against the President-elect when he said, “I’m going to open up our libel laws”?

Chris Gavaler


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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