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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Authoritarian: Sanders describes Trump after the administration attacks the free press

"Trump describes the free media as an "enemy of the people"; attacks leaders of democratic countries while cozying up to authoritarian nations; and now uses his influence to try to stop the counting of votes in FL and GA."

Senator Bernie Sanders

“Bad for the country.” That’s how President Trump described journalists like Jim Acosta. The President and his administration have been under fire this week after revoking CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press credentials. Acosta’s credentials were pulled by the White House after the journalist refused to give up his microphone during his questions for the President at a post-midterm elections press conference.

Trump has also been on a rampage about why so many republicans lost in the midterm elections earlier this month. The President has claimed voter fraud so many times we’ve lost count. He even went so far as to say people will vote, change their outfits, and then vote again. Trump has also demanded that Florida stop its legally required recount and instead declare Trump’s GOP picks as the winners.

During an interview with the Daily Caller, Trump stated, “The Republicans don’t win and that’s because of potentially illegal votes.” His evidence for this was that “when people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles. Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in, and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on.”

Trump also claims that voter id laws are not strict because “If you buy a box of cereal – you have a voter ID.”

Bernie Sanders has one word for this: Authoritarian.

“Trump describes the free media as an “enemy of the people”; attacks leaders of democratic countries while cozying up to authoritarian nations; and now uses his influence to try to stop the counting of votes in FL and GA.”

Sanders comments came shortly after the Justice Department responded to CNN’s lawsuit against the President over the revocation of Jim Acosta’s press pass. The Justice Department wrote in court filings that the White House has the power to decide which journalists are and aren’t granted press credentials. CNN is accusing the White House of violating the First and Fifth amendments by revoking Accosta’s press pass.

Many other news outlets support CNN’s lawsuit. Even white ring media outlet Fox News plans to file an amicus brief in support of the suit.

The ACLU has also responded, stating that “The White House belongs to the people, not the president.”

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials,” CNN stated.

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