After President Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter about the media being “the enemy of the American people,” Senator John McCain spoke out on Saturday in defense of the press.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Not only that, but the Senator also warned the public that Trump’s ability to shut out the media is a sign of an upcoming dictator. “In other words, a consolidation of power,” McCain told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd from Munich.
“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.”
Here is the footage:
Shortly after the President’s tweet, #NotMyEnemy began trending on Twitter–as many Americans shared stories about journalists who had dedicated their careers to — and, in some instances, risked their lives — reporting the news. This was the ultimate backlash; check out these tweets:
— Lizzie O’Leary (@lizzieohreally) February 18, 2017
— MD (@mccdoe3289) February 18, 2017
— Eileen AJ Connelly (@AJCONN) February 18, 2017
If anyone is the enemy, it’s Donald Trump. He has embodied every attribute of an enemy. If he wants to point figures at anyone, he should just look in the mirror because I assure you–journalists are not the problem here.