Less than an hour after President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced Report: Senate's Russia probe understaffed Trump won't comment on Le Pen's advancement in French election MORE berated CNN and BuzzFeed for reporting what he called “fake news,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffSchiff to Trump: Taxpayers will 'bear the brunt of your broken promises' Dems knock Trump on Earth Day Five questions for the House's new Russia investigator MORE (D-Calif.) took to Twitter to suggest the president-elect's words represent a slippery slope to “book burning.”
“CNN is ‘disgraceful.’ BuzzFeed is a ‘failing pile of garbage. He invokes Nazi Germany... but isn't this how book burning begins?” Schiff tweeted, referencing a previous tweet by Trump regarding a report that Russia has compromising information on him.
CNN is "disgraceful." Buzzfeed is a "failing pile of garbage." He invokes Nazi Germany... but isn't this how book burning begins?— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 11, 2017
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
He followed up with another tweet that labeled members of the intelligence community "PATRIOTS!"
.@realDonaldTrump comparing the Intelligence Community to Nazi Germany. A new low. These men and woman who serve our country are PATRIOTS!— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 11, 2017
Speaking Wednesday at his first press conference since being elected president, Trump lambasted CNN for reporting Tuesday night that he was briefed by intelligence officials on an unverified dossier alleging that the Russians had gathered compromising information on him.
"Don't be rude,” Trump told Acosta as he attempted to ask a question. “No, I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news."
Trump has frequently turned his ire on the press, calling reporters “dishonest” and criticizing specific news organizations that critically report on him as “failing.” He has also suggested that as president, he would “open up” libel laws to make it easier to sue news organizations.