Arizona Senator John McCain seems to have just about had it with Donald Trump. McCain, like most Republicans, only reluctantly supported Trump when he became the GOP’s nominee for president. Now that Trump has been elected, his behavior has become more and more alarming. Well, McCain sat down on Meet the Press with host Chuck Todd, and he unloaded on Trump – specifically his tweeting that the press is the “enemy of the American people.” Todd asked first:
“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, CNNis 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?”
McCain replied, joking at first:
“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 him to clarify:
“That’s how dictators get started, with tweets like that?”
McCain answered, obviously very serious:
“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.”
Senator McCain is right. Trump is taking us down a very dangerous road, and we are only in the first month of his presidency. He seems to want to be more of a dictator than a president. He wants to silence the press and any and all dissent and disagreement, he cannot take criticism, he is rounding up immigrants, and he seems to want to put himself and his administration above the law.
Trump is sure to attack McCain after these remarks, but he is right to make them. And said attack will just illustrate what McCain was saying – that freedom and democracy as we know it are at risk with Trump leading the nation and free world. He is not a president, but a wannabe dictator.
The press is more important than ever. Hopefully, they can continue to be a check on Trump’s worst instincts, and we survive with the republic in tact.
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