Presidential historian Jon Meacham ripped Donald Trump on Friday for calling the press the “enemy of the people,” claiming that the president’s strategy is that of a “totalitarian.”
Meacham appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday to talk about Trump’s constant attacks on the free press.
“It’s an elective kind of base management,” Meacham said of Trump’s frequent attacks on the media. “It’s pernicious, it’s dangerous — and this is not media elite people defending media elite people.”
“It’s simply a Stalinist phrase, for God’s sake,” he added. “It comes out of totalitarian regimes to declare that a free press is the enemy of the people.”
Meacham went on to warn the Trump administration that it’s in their best interest to stop playing the “totalitarianism card.”
Meacham’s comments came a day after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer Jim Acosta’s request to admit that the media isn’t the “enemy of the people.”
David Ignatius, an associate editor at The Washington Post, in the “Morning Joe” segment, blasted Sanders for her poor job performance.
“That press room that Sarah Sanders is running is toxic,” Ignatius said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in 40-plus years of being a journalist. She should be ashamed of the briefing process that she’s running.”
Take a look at the segment HERE.