John McCain’s support of President Donald Trump has always been lukewarm. During the primaries, Trump attack McCain for being captured saying he prefers people who aren’t captured. McCain did not endorse Trump during the primaries and his eventual endorsement of Trump was always a bit hesitant.
After Trump’s victory in the general election, many within the GOP were willing to give Trump a chance and work with him. However, Trump’s actions have started to alienate some within the Republican Party and McCain is no exception.
Most recently, Trump lashed out at the press calling them enemies of the American people.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Calling the press an enemy of the people is rather disturbing language for a president to use. De-legitimizing the press is a tactic right out a dictator’s playbook. It serves to weaken those who are tasked with holding the government responsible and makes the people less willing to question the government.
McCain, in a moment we suspect he never thought would come, agrees with us on that sentiment and recently spoke out against Trump for his attacks on the press. During an interview with Meet The Press, which will air on Sunday, McCain said that attacking the press is “how dictators get started.”
To be clear, McCain did stress that he does not believe Trump will be a dictator. He was merely commenting on the fact that Trump needs to pay attention to
The Arizona Senator went on to joke that he hates the press, but recognizes their importance.
‘I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is, we need you. We need a free press.’
Obviously, McCain was joking when he said he hates the press, but, based on his tweets, it appears that Trump might actually believe the press is his enemy. He seems to be unable to conceive of the fact that there are plenty of people in this country who simply do not agree with him or his policies.
For more information, you can check out the preview of McCain’s interview below:
Featured image via screenshot from NBC.