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Trump Threatens To ‘Tone Up’ Hateful Rhetoric In Derange Attack Against The News Media: ‘The True Enemy Of The People’

President Trump on Monday escalated his war against the news media, calling it “the true enemy of the people” for what he deems unfair media coverage and causing “great anger” in the country in the wake of a violent week that saw a spate of mail bombs and a shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Trump said in a pair of tweets that the “Fake News Media” is “the true Enemy of the People,” reviving a derisive term for the press less than a week after an explosive device was mailed to CNN’s New York City offices.

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony,” he added.

Trump often derides negative coverage of his administration as “fake news,” and has escalated his attacks in recent months, describing the media as the “enemy of the people.” Earlier this month, he praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) for body-slamming a reporter.

The president has repeatedly lashed out at the media and his critics in recent days, undercutting his own calls for unity following a pair of incidents that have put the nation on edge.

Authorities on Friday charged Cesar Sayoc Jr. with addressing more than a dozen explosive devices to former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), among others. Each intended target has spoken out against the president, and Trump has criticized each person.

The next day, Robert Bowers was arrested after police said he opened fire in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and wounding six.

Trump condemned both attacks and has vowed that he will not allow political violence to take root in the country.

Democrats and the president’s critics have suggested that the president’s rhetoric has further inflamed the country’s divisions, pointing to his attacks on the Democratic Party as an “angry mob” and the chants of “CNN sucks” and “lock her up” that mark his campaign rallies, referring to Hillary Clinton.

Trump told reporters before departing for a rally last Friday that he felt he had been restrained in his rhetoric, rejecting calls to tone it down amid the bomb scares.

Trump then threatened to “tone up” his bombastic rhetoric.

“I could really tone it up because, as you know, the media’s been extremely unfair to me and to the Republican Party,” Trump said.


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