Mr. Trump, the so-called president of the United States, has sadly succeeded in creating a dangerous environment of hate against immigrants, people of color, and now the press. Trump’s recent words about the press being “the enemy of the people” are stirring the pot and even if some people refuse to believe it, words are profound and right now, they are destroying this country.
On Monday, New York Times reporter Kenneth P. Vogel shared a frightening voicemail of a man threatening him and calling him an “enemy of the people.” The voicemail began as what seemed like a message praising Vogel, but then the caller eerily changed his tone and began talking about Hillary, and ended by basically threatening Vogel with an AK-47.
The caller said:
‘I mean, let’s face it. Ok. Hillary lost. You supported a criminal. You still support that criminal. You’re the problem. You are the enemy of the people. And although the pen might be mightier than the sword, the pen is not mightier than the AK-47.
‘And just remember Ken, there’s nothing civil about a civil war.’
Vogel posted the message on Twitter for public view:
VOICEMAIL FROM A FAN: “You’re the problem. You are the enemy of the people. And although the pen might be mightier than the sword, the pen is not mightier than the AK-47.” pic.twitter.com/hKHTsGm9KL
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) August 20, 2018
The call became even more twisted at the end when the caller said:
‘Remember, Ken, there’s nothing civil about a civil war.’
Trump has repeatedly called “the fake news media” an “enemy of the people,” which his supporters believe wholeheartedly, and a scary climate is being created for journalists attempting to do their jobs and report the truth. In an Ipsos poll conducted in early August, 48 percent of Republicans agreed with those words whereas only 26 percent of independents and 12 percent of Democrats bought into such a blatant lie.
On August 2, CNN”s Jim Acosta confronted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, giving her multiple opportunities to refute Trump’s statement about the media being an “enemy of the people.” However, Sanders responded with:
‘I think the president has made his position known. It’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country.’
Acosta did not let up, and fired back:
‘I’m tired of this. It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just. It is un-American to come out here and call the press the “enemy of the people.”‘
Acosta followed up later, saying:
‘Fellow Americans are not the enemy of fellow Americans. Forgive me for going on a rant, but I think that they’ve lost sight of that here at this White House.’
Twitter had strong words:
Featured image is a screenshot from YouTube