Trump made his intentions, and his authoritarian tactics, clear: "I do it to discredit and demean you all, (News media) so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you."
Journalists who report his lies and the truth he denies, are accused of being the "enemy of the people". This is the lowest depth any president has ever sunk to in the history of the nation. It is down at the very bottom, along with supporting Putin's disinformation campaign by siding with him against two bi-partisan Senate committees, the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI and the CIA.
“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
This Orwellian "Ministry of Truth" tactic is at the heart of his war on facts, the press, and dissent.
Now Trump's fascistic attacks on the press and First Amendment are agitating his thug followers into a growing menace.
Angry mobs shout their anger, hatred and insults at newsmen covering his rallies, as he raves from the podium that they are "horrible, horrendous people."
There is only one fitting word for all this hate, blame and false accusation from a would-be tyrant. That word is evil.
Spreading hate is evil. He is an evil man. End of discussion.
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur recently spoke out for journalism and human decency.
Yeah, we get it, you don’t like us. Fine. But do you have to put our lives in danger?
The president continues to call the press the enemy of the people, even after four journalists and one sales assistant were shot dead in a Maryland newsroom by a man who was angry with what they factually reported about him.
Even after the publisher of The New York Times stressed to him in a private conversation that his words were putting journalists in mortal danger. Even after CNN white house reporter Jim Acosta was shouted down and taunted in a rally the other night in Florida.
Sadly, the harassment and threats are not stopping, What you do not see are the nasty letters or packages or emails, the threats of physical violence. ‘I hope you get raped and killed,’ one person wrote to me just this week.
“Raped and killed". Not just me, but a couple of my female colleagues, as well.
In case you want to argue this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with MAGA.
It is both surreal and ominous that this even needs to be said in this country.
Our free press is not the enemy of the people.
Trump and the Party of Trump are the enemy of the people, the enemy of democracy, and the enemy of truth.
God bless Katy. And God damn Trump, for his vile evil against her, and against her peers, and against human decency, against the truth, and against our country.