Like anyone with common sense, Republican Senator John McCain was appalled at the aggressive, deeply disrespectful press conference that Donald Trump recently held.
Sen. McCain clearly has far more principles than most of his colleagues in the part. In fact, recently called out both Trump and his enablers within Republican ranks for the destruction they are doing to our country.
Chuck Todd asked Senator McCain on Meet the Press, “I’m curious of your reaction to a tweet that the president sent Friday night. ‘The fake news media, failing New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, CNN is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.’ You believe the press is the enemy? You believe any group of Americans are the enemy of another group of Americans?” John responded, “I was talking about the period as, you know, of the new world order. A fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital. If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”
Todd asked, “That’s how dictators get started, with tweets like that?” Answered McCain, “No, they get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power 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.”
Do you agree with McCain?