WATCH | Donald Trump's hatred of mainstream media is well-known. And in an interview aired Sunday, he criticized the constitutional pillar that ensures America's press stays free: the First Amendment.
Just don't make 'terrible mistakes'
In Trump's words, the First Amendment allows the press "to say whatever they want." But he also insists he's a "tremendous believer" in freedom of the press" -- unless they make "terrible mistakes" on purpose.
Trump has threatened to sue many opponents, including the women accusing him of sexual assault and the New York Times.
Current U.S. libel law dictates that media outlets that publish defamatory falsehoods can be found liable.
On Monday, the Times published every insult Trump ever made on Twitter.
Who has the burden of proof?
Trump referenced England's libel system, which operates under a different standard than in the United States.
In England, the defendant must prove his or her statements are true, while in the United States, the plaintiff must prove they are false, ThinkProgress reports.
England added a "public interest" exception in 2013 that could make the Times avoid a libel charge, if Trump was somehow able to sue a U.S. paper under U.K. law.
*THIS REALLY HAPPENED TODAY*— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) October 24, 2016
REPORTER: Do you think there is too much protection allowed in the First Amendment?
TRUMP: Well, in England...
Journalists, as one might imagine, weren't thrilled at Trump's proposal.
Another Trump critic.
Some appreciated what they saw as irony.
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