President Donald Trump lashed out at the American press Wednesday morning, singling out CNN and NBC and calling the media “Our Country’s biggest enemy.”
Trump’s comments harken back to February 2017 when the president first called the press an enemy of the American people.
Wednesday’s rebuke was spurred by the media’s treatment of Trump’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which most commentary acknowledges was predominantly a grand photo op for the two men with little to show in terms of a substantial agreement.
Regardless the impetus of his most recent attack, polling shows that the majority of Republicans agree with Trump’s conclusion: The American press is no friend to the people.
A Cato Institute survey from late 2017 found that 63 percent of Republicans believe journalists are “an enemy of the American people”, compared to just 11 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of Americans overall.