Dem rep rips Trump: ‘Isn’t this how book burning begins?’

Less than an hour after President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE berated CNN and BuzzFeed for reporting what he called “fake news,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Tech: Facebook, Twitter to testify before Senate | EU orders Amazon to pay 0M in back taxes | Reddit hires first lobbyists Facebook, Twitter will testify at Senate hearing Schiff: Almost all RT ads on Twitter designed to push negative coverage of Clinton 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.

 

 

He followed up with another tweet that labeled members of the intelligence community "PATRIOTS!"

 

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. 

 

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Though CNN reported that the memos had not been confirmed, Trump dismissed CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s attempts to ask a question at the press conference, calling the news network “terrible.”

 

"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.