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Trump unshackled, unhinged

10/22/2016, 4:24 p.m.
When Donald Trump gloated that “the shackles have been taken off me,” I immediately wondered, how was he shackled? Was ...

Board members of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists included examples like that in a recent and rare declaration that “a Mr. Trump presidency represents a threat to press freedom unknown in modern history.”

But another strong defense of the First Amendment hit Mr. Trump even closer to Mr. Trump Tower last week. After his attorney demanded a retraction by The New York Times of a story that quoted two women who claimed to have been groped by Mr. Trump without their consent, the Times’s newsroom attorney, David McCraw, sharply suggested that Mr. Trump didn’t have much of a reputation left to protect when it came to his treatment of women.

Mr. Trump has “bragged about his non-consensual touching of women,” the letter said. “He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced to a radio host’s request to discuss Mr. Trump’s own daughter as a ‘piece of ass.’ Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr. Trump’s unwanted advances. Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.”

So there. The Donald may well come up with another paranoid theory to explain this setback. But this isn’t about a conspiracy. It’s about the Constitution.