Even his friends at Fox News know President Donald Trump crossed the line with comments referring the media as “the enemy of the American people.”
Chris Wallace said on Sunday that many presidents had contentious relationships with the media, but they still recognized that an independent press was essential to America’s democracy.
Wallace noted that even former President Barack Obama was a media critic: “Lord knows, Barack Obama criticized Fox News. If Donald Trump wants to criticize the New York Times, that’s fine. But it’s different from saying that we are an enemy of the American people. That’s a different thing.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
“And I know there are a lot of [Fox News] listeners out there who are going to reflexively take Donald Trump’s side on this,” he said. “It’s a different thing when it’s a president — because if it’s a president you like trying to talk about the press being the enemy of the people, then it’s going to be a president you don’t like saying the same thing. And that’s very dangerous.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) seems a little concern too about Trump’s remarks, he talked about it in an interview with NBC News that aired Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
“That’s how dictators get started,” McCain said. “When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”