The administration of President Donald Trump has certainly not been on friendly terms with the press of the United States. Trump and his surrogates have been attacking members of the press by claiming they are being too hostile. Furthermore, Trump has claimed various networks including CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS are all biased and publish “fake” news stories. This is a talking point which has caught on with Trumps supporters, and whenever a story is published which disagrees with their sensibilities they attempt to assign the story as “fake.” It is a brilliant system which allows full cognitive dissonance to take hold without a care in the world. However, even Republicans are beginning to become weary of Trump’s attacks on the media. One powerful Republican senator in particular has warned Trump not to cross the line of attempting to inhibit the press from doing their jobs.
Former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was a guest on “Face the Nation” when he offered a bit of tirade in regards to Trump’s difficult relationship with the press. He, in part, said:
The backbone of democracy is a free press and an independent judiciary and they are worth fighting and dying for.”
Graham went on to speak on behalf of his colleague Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who has also not been a large fan of Trump or his policies when he said, “Sen. McCain was right to say we need, as politicians, to understand the role of the press and jealously guard it.” However, Graham also recognized that some of Trump’s gripes with the press may be exaggerated but have slivers of truth, as he describe the media’s”coverage against President Trump has been almost to the point of being hysterical.”
Watch the full segment below:
Republican Senator: “it’s just not the administration that’s got problems, Republicans in the House and Senate have problems” pic.twitter.com/HOeSUyboC0
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