Loser of the 2012 election, Mitt Romney, took aim at President Donald Trump in a blog post. Romney attacked Trump for calling the fake news media the "enemy of the people." Romney's blog post is titled, 'As I See It: The Free Press, a Pillar of Democracy.' Romney wrote on Twitter, "Disgusting, vile threats and actions against fellow Americans and our institutions are sadly unsurprising: hate acts follow hate speech. It is past time for us to turn down and tune out the rabid rhetoric."
Romney wrote in the blog post, "The President tweeted this week, 'There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People…' He was referring to 'CNN and others in the Fake News business,' not foreign provocateurs.
Surely every president has endured stories that he knew were inaccurate and has chaffed at one or more news publications. George Washington was routinely brutalized by a newspaper that had been anonymously funded and founded by his own Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson. But no American president has ever before vilified the American press or one of its professional outlets as an 'Enemy of the People.'
Attacking the media or publications that lean in a different direction than the Republican Party is decidedly good politics. We conservatives have long suffered from the left-leaning attitudes and reporting of the media. But today, if we don’t like one outlet, there are others from which we can—and do—choose. And, more importantly, denigrating the media diminishes an institution that is critical to democracy, both here and abroad. As a political tactic, it may be brilliant, but it comes with a large cost to the cause of freedom."
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Reed Cooper is fourteen-year-old Trump activist who runs Reed Cooper News. He combats liberal fake news outlets and fights for President Trump every day.