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

Less than an hour after President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE berated CNN and BuzzFeed for reporting what he called “fake news,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Erik Prince says meeting with Russian banker unrelated to Trump campaign 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. 

 

ADVERTISEMENT
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.