(NewsMax) Sen. John McCain on Saturday took a broad swipe at President Donald Trump’s attack on the media, warning that “how dictators get started” is by shutting down the press.
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In an interview to air on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” the Arizona Republican conceded the media and elected officials often have an adversarial relationship; the Trump administration has repeatedly sparred with reporters and Trump himself has labeled media organizations “fake news.”
The remarks were posted ahead of the airing by NBC News.
“A fundamental part of that new world order was a free press,” McCain said, adding laughingly: “I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you.”
McCain’s comments came in response to a Friday tweet from Trump in which he chillingly branded news outlets – the New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS and CNN – “the enemy of the American People.”