Free Speech Be Damned: De Blasio Trying To Stop Trump From Doing Business In NYC

Here’s the thing – Donald Trump is a sideshow, not a serious candidate for President of the United States.  He is saying intentionally provocative things which are then being amplified by the media by taking those comments further out of context.  It’s what separates an actual politician from an entertainer – the ability to know that certain loaded words or phrases will be played up by the liberal media to make a Republican look foolish.

That said, Trump has a right to his comments, whatever they may be.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t see it that way, and he’s trying to shut down Trump’s ability to do business with the city.  That is an incredibly dangerous street to go down, but de Blasio doesn’t see it that way.  Most communists wouldn’t.

Via CNN Money (HT Weasel Zippers):

During a press conference on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while he’s uncertain whether the city can break several existing contracts with the Republican presidential hopeful, one thing is clear: There will be no future deals between the Big Apple and Trump.

“My impression is that unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act, I’m not sure we have a specific course of action,” de Blasio told reporters.

“But we’re certainly not looking to do any business with him going forward,” the mayor added.

What makes this dangerous?  De Blasio is determining who has a chance to achieve financial success based on perceived egregious comments.  That is stifling free speech.

Imagine this were a Republican mayor who decided to stop doing business with an owner who expressed pro-gay marriage sentiments.  Ridiculous?  You bet.  This is equally as ridiculous.

This isn’t the first time liberals have tried to financially attack a business because they disagreed with the view points of their owners.

Via National Review:

It’s a basic rule of free speech that no state official can determine what kind of speech does or does not have a “place” in any jurisdiction in the United States, even liberal New York. De Blasio’s words are reminiscent of the attempt by Chicago alderman Joe Moreno in 2012 to block Chick-fil-A from his ward because “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values.” Moreno wasn’t alone. Boston mayor Thomas Menino vowed to ban the fast-food chain, declaring that “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.” While not making the same kind of explicit threat, San Francisco’s mayor also urged Chick-fil-A to stay out of town. Yet public officials can’t lawfully ban a business because of the political views of its owner, and most of them quickly backed down.

During the 1943 Supreme Court case, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, a portion of the opinion pf the court read:

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.

There are no exceptions today either.  The people of New York City had better wake up and realize just what kind of person they’ve put into power.

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