AT VETERANS EVENT, TRUMP SAYS: “THE FACT IS, THE PRESS DESTROYED THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY WENT TOO FA

Last night, President Donald Trump headlined a pro-veterans’ event with Pastor Dr. Robery Jeffress in Washington, D.C.

At the event, the President made a series of highly incendiary remarks about America’s free press. The number of his attacks in the venom behind them was dizzying. Why is the President of the United States, openly calling for the destruction of an institution protected by the Bill of Rights?

All authoritarians (budding or otherwise) have disliked the press since it has the habit of holding people in power accountable when others won’t.

The Nazis called the press lügenpressemeaning, “lying press”, (Trump supporters have used the term too), Turkey’s Recep Erdogan criminalized Turkey’s press, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin systematically destroyed Russia’s inchoate free press and murdered its most prominent members.

The President is trying to recreate those country’s dangerous press environments within the United States.

As Brendan Nyhan, a Dartmouth professor and a contributor to the New York Times UpShot said on Twitter, “It’s a matter of time until someone hurts or kills a journalist. This is the president of the United States. We must stay shocked. Not ok.”

Donald Trump released this video from his personal Twitter account. Below is a partial transcript courtesy of CNN’s Jim Acosta.

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