Further cementing his reputation as a calm, measured statesman, former President Donald Trump said on Truth Social Sunday that if he is reelected, Comcast will be “thoroughly scrutinized’ for the ‘one-side [sic] viscous coverage” of its NBC News unit, “particular [sic] MSNBC, often and correctly referred to as MSDNC (Democrat National Committee).”
Trump said MSNBC should be investigated for “Country-Threatening Treason.” He also threatened to pull NBC's broadcast license.
“Why should NBC, or any other of the corrupt & dishonest media companies, be entitled to use the very valuable Airwaves of the USA, FREE?” Trump asked.
Trump, who took broader juvenile-termed aim at the “LameStream” media in Sunday’s post, has made specific threats against Comcast before, such as in 2020 when NBC refused to cover a Charleston, South Carolina, political rally conducted by the then-president.
It's unclear as to what specific transgression by MSNBC set Trump off Sunday.
The former president is currently facing four criminal indictments. However, Comcast — and the American democratic experiment — have every reason to take Trump’s threats seriously. Recent polls have Trump, who is way ahead in the Republican primary race, winning a head-to-head rematch with President Joe Biden.
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