The Senate unanimously affirmed that “the press is not the enemy of the people” with a non-binding resolution spearheaded by Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday.
“We can’t let statements by the president declaring that the press is the enemy of the people go unchallenged,” Schatz said while introducing the resolution on the Senate floor Thursday, according to The Weekly Standard.
The three-and-a-half page resolution stated that “the Senate affirms that the press is not the enemy of the people.”
The United States Senate just unanimously rebuked President Trumps’ “enemy of the people” attacks. https://t.co/IOSUqZ4wHV
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 16, 2018
The Senate “reaffirms the vital and indispensable role that the free press serves to inform the electorate, uncover the truth, act as a check on the inherent power of government, further national discourse and debate,” the resolution continued.
More than 300 newspapers around the country published opinion articles decrying what they see as President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media Thursday as well, reported CNN.
Trump posted about the issue on Twitter Thursday morning. (RELATED: Karem, Lemon Suggest Being A Journalist Is More Dangerous Than Being In A War Zone)
There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
“There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS,” he wrote. “The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!”
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