Axelrod: No other president would call the press ‘the enemy of the people’

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Democratic strategist David Axelrod on Friday panned President Trump for calling the press “the enemy of the American people” in a tweet.

Axelrod is a former senior adviser to President Obama and served as the chief strategist for both of his election campaigns.

“Every president is irritated by the news media. No other president would have described the media as ‘the enemy of the people,'” Axelrod tweeted.

He followed the tweet up with a correction saying, “Ok, maybe Nixon did, tho not PUBLICLY. Not the role model you want-unless subversion of elections & democratic institutions is your thing!” Attached to the tweet was an excerpt from Nixon tapes recorded in the ’70s that included Nixon saying “the press is the enemy.”

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday evening.

He had posted and then quickly deleted a slightly different version of the tweet just a few minutes earlier, which omitted ABC and CBS. He also included the word “SICK!” at the end of the original post.

Trump’s post came a day after his first full-length press conference as president, during which he sparred with reporters and blasted “fake news.”

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