The staff of the Capital Gazette took a jab at President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll 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.
So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
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.”