Not so fast, AT&T and Time Warner: Donald Trump said on Saturday that, as president, he’d block your $80 billion merger.
“As an example of the power structure I’m fighting, AT&T is buying Time Warner — and thus CNN — a deal we will not approve in my administration because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” Trump told an enthusiastic Gettysburg, Pa. crowd.
“Likewise, Amazon — which, through its ownership controls the Washington Post — should be paying massive taxes,” he added in the speech’s assault on mainstream media and their umbrella corporations. “But it’s not paying, and it’s a very unfair playing field, and you see what’s happening and what that’s doing to department stores across the country.”
The GOP presidential candidate also wants to break up similar mega-media deals — even ones that are already years old.
“Additionally, Comcast’s purchase of NBC concentrates far too much power in one massive entity that is trying to tell the voters what to think and what to do,” he stated. “Deals like this destroy democracy, and we’ll look at breaking that deal up and other deals like that. This should never, ever have been approved in the first place.”
“They’re trying to poison the mind of the American voter,” Trump concluded the matter.
Watch the video above, which covers his entire rally. Trump’s speech begins just before the 1-hour, 20-minute mark.
The remarks on consolidated media take place about six minutes into his talk. And yes, you can fast-forward.
Immediately after these comments, Trump vowed to sue every woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct. Check out that promise here.