- Jack M. Balkin: What we have seen of Trump suggests he could seriously undermine free expression
- Trump's various techniques to erode free expression pose a significant threat to democracy
Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. The views expressed here are his own.
(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump has a habit of saying outrageous things that suggest he wants to clamp down on free expression in the United States. He once advocated "open[ing] up" the libel laws so he could sue media organizations that falsely criticized him. The other day, he suggested we should punish flag burners and even strip them of their citizenship.