President Donald Trump wants to personally “get involved” in making advertiser boycotts illegal, he told the Daily Caller in an exclusive interview.
Trump spoke with the Caller for more than an hour on a variety of issues — including racial inequality, coronavirus, China, John Bolton and the 2020 election — but opened the conversation by accusing activist groups calling for advertising boycotts, a means of protesting platforms or groups they don’t agree with, of playing “a much dirtier game.”
“A friend of mine bought a couple of conservative sites,” the president stated from behind the Resolute Desk. “And he said, anybody that advertises on the site is being harassed.” (RELATED: Pelosi Reportedly Pushes Advertisers To Boycott Social Media, Pours Nearly $200K Into Facebook Ads)
“Many people are actually frightened off, or they just say, ‘who needs this?’”
“The advertisers are harassed, to a point where they don’t want to do it. They’re either afraid or it’s not worth it,” he continued.
Trump said he empathizes with targets of the boycotts “because the Washington Post goes after people who use [his] facilities.”
“People are going to have a wedding. They get calls from the Washington Post — you can report it if you want — ‘Why are you going there? Why are you doing a wedding with Trump?’ and these are reporters in the Washington Post.”
“It should be illegal,” he stated flatly. “That has to be illegal in some form.”
Furthermore, the president rhetorically questioned why conservative activist groups don’t employ the same tactics against “liberal sites.”
“We have more people,” he told Daily Caller. “How can you possibly allow this to happen? This is really a takeover of the whole system. Why is it that the conservatives don’t when they see somebody advertising on MSDNC, why is it that? It’s a different mindset. They don’t go after the advertisers.”
Daily Caller will be publishing additional selections from the interview with the president in the coming days.