McCain Responds To Trump’s Attempt To Shut Down The Press: ‘That’s How Dictators Get Started’
GOP Senator John McCain has been one of the most outspoken Republicans against Donald Trump. During an interview with NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Saturday McCain defended the press after Trump attacked them with a tweet Friday.
Trump accused the media of being the “enemy of the American people.”
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” he tweeted.
McCain was asked by Chuck Todd about his thoughts of Trump’s tweet. To which he responded with
“A fundamental part of that new world order was a free press.” He jokingly continued for a second saying “I hate the press, I hate you especially,” but continued on a serious note saying that “the fact is we need you, we need a free press.”
“If you want to preserve, I am very serious now … democracy as we know it, you have to have a free –– and many times adversarial –– press. And without it, I am afraid, that we would loose so much of our individual liberties over time.”
“That’s how dictators get started,” he added later. “They get started by suppressing free press, in other words, a consolidation of power.”
“I am not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I am just saying we need to learn the lessons of history,” he said, warning about any attempts to “shut down” the press.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) February 18, 2017