Why We Need a Free Speech Law to Stop Trump-style Legal Threats

Donald Trump’s frequent threats to sue people he disagrees with shows why new federal protections on free speech are necessary, says Alan McQuinn in The Hill. The type of legal maneuver Trump often uses is known as a strategic lawsuit against public participation or SLAPP. SLAPPs undermine free speech and harm the public interest, giving those with more time and resources an upper hand against public criticism. By creating a federal law, policymakers could ensure an equal footing for defendants and plaintiffs in the court system, so deep pockets do not create an unleveled playing field.