In a series of tweets on Friday, the president stated that his administration is 'monitoring the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS' and that 'we have what's known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH'.
In follow up tweets, he extended his sympathies to the black Trump supporters Diamond and Silk, whose Facebook page is still active but have claimed that they are being 'silenced by the platform'.
He also directly named Paul Jospeh Watson and actor James Woods, who has reportedly been suspended from Twitter, with Trump admitting that he was surprised to see them banned.
The problem here isn't Trump coming out in support of some of his most vocal and controversial followers, no, it's to do with the first amendment.
In the first amendment, which was drafted in December 1791, the US government vowed to never impose any laws on its citizens that would suppress their freedom of speech.
The actual text reads as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Therefore, the first amendment only applies to the government and not major corporations like Facebook and Twitter, who have the right to control what is published on their own websites.
Many people were quick to point this out to Trump, with many accusing him of lacking the most basic understanding of one of America's most revered pieces of legislation.
@realDonaldTrump You are the dumbest f***ing president in history.
Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to private companies, you dumb f***.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)
@realDonaldTrump 1) The first amendment doesn't apply here. Facebook is not the government. How do you still not kn… https://t.co/ZU8Upkz73Y