Trump Just Said Reporters ‘Should Be Free Of The Fear Of Violent Attack’ Despite Constantly Attacking Media
Donald Trump claimed on Friday that reporters have nothing to fear less than 24 hours after a shooter opened fire at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland and killing five people.
Following the mass murder, Trump took to Twitter to say “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
Then, on Friday he said:
“Journalists, like all Americans, should be free of the fear of violent attack while they do their job. Best wishes and regrets. Horrific, horrible thing. Thank you.”
But how can Trump say that? He is the main instigator when it comes to encouraging an attack on the media. He has even gone as far as to say that media outlets like MSNBC, CNN, and CBS the “enemy of the American people.”
Trump’s antipathy towards the press was in full display when he talked at the NRA convention in Dallas, Texas earlier this year.
“Now, Paul Manafort’s a nice guy, but you know, he worked for me for a very short period of time — literally, for like, what? A couple of months? Little period of time. Then what happens? He worked for Ronald Reagan. He worked for Bob Dole. They worked, I think, as a firm, for John McCain. They worked for others. Does anybody say that? No. But he’s out there fighting. On fake news CNN… ” as the audience booed in response.