Dem lawmaker: Calling press the enemy is 'totalitarian tool of dictators'

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday went after President Trump for calling the media the "enemy of the American people.

"To label the press or anybody else 'enemy of the people' is a totalitarian tool of dictators," he said on CNN's "New Day."

The president often rails on the media, accusing reporters of biased and dishonest coverage against him.

He has recently taken to referring to some news organizations as "fake news" and tweeted last week that the "FAKE NEWS media" was the "enemy of the America people."

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Trump during a rally Saturday in Florida continued to escalate his feud with the media, telling the crowds at his rally that he wanted to "speak to you without the filter of the fake news."

“The dishonest media, which has published one false story after another with no sources, even though they pretend they have them — they make them up in many cases," he said during the rally. "They just don’t want to report the truth.”

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFive bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony 2019 Louisiana governor's race spells disaster for Trump in 2020 House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues MORE on Monday said both he and the president support a free and independent press. But the vice president said he and Trump would call out the media if it gets its facts wrong.

"You can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when play fast and loose with the facts," Pence said during a news conference Monday from Brussels.

"The truth is that we have in President Trump someone who has a unique ability to speak directly to the American people, and when the media gets it wrong, I promise you, President Trump will take his case straight to the American people to set the record straight.”