Capital Gazette takes hit at Trump: 'We won't forget being called an enemy of the people'

The staff of the Capital Gazette took a jab at President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE, days after a gunman opened fire in their newsroom and killed five people.

The staff of the Annapolis, Md., newspaper released a letter on Sunday to thank those who have offered support in the aftermath of the shooting. 

“We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people,” the staff wrote. “No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do.”


Their comment appears to be a thinly veiled hit at Trump’s use of the phrase to attack members of the media.

Trump has used the term consistently throughout his contentious relationship with the press.

Most recently, Trump railed against NBC and CNN last month for its coverage of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!” Trump tweeted in June.

The president backed off his criticism of the media one day after the shooting and offered rare praise for reporters.

“Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job,” Trump said Friday at an event to celebrate six months of the GOP tax bill.

CNN’s Jim Acosta shouted at Trump from the back of the room during the event.

“Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people?” Acosta yelled.

CNN later aired a montage on Friday of Trump talking down about the media.

CNN’s John Berman called the president out on air for using the phrase “violently attacked,” saying that he “clearly has no problem at all verbally attacking journalists.”