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Trump Horror, Day 28: Labels the Press "The Enemy of the American People"

Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:33:55 pm

Donald Trump's paranoia is increasing to dangerous levels, as more and more trash fires erupt in his administration. And in time-honored right wing demagogue fashion, he's demonizing the press and the media.

Today he took his unsecure Android phone again, in the middle of the afternoon, and posted two tweets in succession. The first one was quickly deleted, and people who noticed thought it might be because he recognized it was over the line even for him. A screenshot:

But then a few minutes later he reposted the same tweet -- but added ABC and CBS to his enemies list. So he didn't delete it because it was over the line, but because it wasn't far enough over the line.

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017

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This is incredibly reckless and dangerous rhetoric. The president of the US is openly inciting hatred and possible violence against media companies, and delegitimizing the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

And there's more; deleting that first tweet may very well have been a violation of the Presidential Records Act.