McCain Says Dictators Suppress Free Press
McCain says dictators suppress free press as he tore into President Donald Trump this week for his attacks on the media. He noted that dictators “get started by suppressing free press.” Sen. John McCain went on to say free press is needed “to preserve democracy as we know it.” Considering that McCain is a member of Trump’s party, his statements, from a sitting member of Congress, against the President, is a major statement.
McCain Speaks His Mind on “Meet the Press”
The Arizona Republican appeared on “Meet the Press” where he sarcastically told Chuck Todd, “I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital.” McCain continued, “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.”
McCain said, “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.”
Trump tweeted Friday that CNN and other major media outlets were “the enemy of the American people.”