World Press Freedom Day Is A Terrifying Reminder Of What Reporters Could Face If Trump Is Elected

He's referred to journalists as "lying, disgusting people" and vowed to make it easier to sue news organizations.
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If the way Donald Trump and his supporters have treated journalists during the campaign is any indication, the media will be anything but free if he wins the presidency.

World Press Freedom Day, commemorated on Tuesday, comes just days after a GQ writer was hit with a barrage of antisemitic attacks following the publication of an article that criticized Melania Trump’s skincare line. After Trump’s wife called Julia Ioffe’s piece “dishonest” and “disingenuous,” the journalist said she received phone calls threatening her life and messages referencing the Holocaust.

It’s unsurprising the Trump fans would react so harshly to a journalist considering the way the Republican presidential front-runner has treated and spoken about them:

Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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