Former President Donald Trump has issued a dire warning regarding the erosion of free speech in America. The warning was noted in a documentary that, according to The Daily Wire, provided a “rare glimpse into Trump’s inner circle.”
The Daily Wire+ documentary, titled “My Dinner with Trump,” was shot at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club and featured a candid discussion between Trump and several key advisers.
During the dinner, Trump criticized legacy media networks — charging them with being responsible for the “erosion of free speech.”
At one point, Trump said to Dr. Ben Carson, former head of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
“Ben, there’s never been a period of time like this. The country is going bad. You have the media is shut, closed, not free, corrupt as can be, and probably scared. You cannot get the word out unless you’re really good, and we’re pretty good, and we’re getting the word out.”
According to The Daily Wire, Trump charged that “in all of American history, the media has never been so corrupt, and it’s evidence of something far more dangerous.”
Carson agreed that free speech was in jeopardy in a nation that accepts cancel culture and warned that the First Amendment has come under attack under the guise of fighting “disinformation.”
“I don’t think people actually recognize what’s happening because we talk about liberties and freedom of speech,” Carson added. “They think that that can only be taken away by the federal government. But the fact of the matter is Big Tech, and the media take it away with a complicit government is exactly the same effect. And that’s what we have to make sure people understand.”
The dinner gathering took place in mid-2021, after Trump was deplatformed by multiple social media platforms and at a time when legacy media pounded Trump almost daily for reportedly inciting the Jan. 6 “uprising” on the Capitol.
The Daily Wire’s report noted that “the massive effort to silence and marginalize the 45th president makes the film’s insight into his mindset all the more compelling.”
The documentary records Trump saying:
If you do something spectacular, they don’t talk about it. If you do something not so good, they’ll make it into a travesty. If the other side does something bad, really bad, you will never see it.
“You will never find it … they erase it, they cancel it. And there’s never been a period of time like that in our country’s history. There’s never been. And that’s the way communism starts. And that’s where communism goes. And we can’t let it happen. We’re not going to let it happen.
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