During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), defended the press against President Trump, saying that “suppressing the free press is how dictators get started.”
While responding to a tweet by the president in which he accused the media of being “the enemy of the American people,” McCain stated that a fundamental part of the new world order is a free press.
“I hate the press. I hate you especially,” McCain told host Chuck Todd from an international security conference in Munich. “But the fact is, we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital.”
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“If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve 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 lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started,” he continued.
“They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history,” McCain said.
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