Conservative writer Ben Shapiro on Monday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE for describing some members of the media as the "enemy of the people."
"This 'enemy of the people' stuff has to stop, but it won’t," Shapiro tweeted.
This “enemy of the people” stuff has to stop, but it won’t. https://t.co/A6esEQSlDT— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 29, 2018
Earlier in the day the president criticized what he called the "Fake News Media," referring to them as the "true Enemy of the People."
There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018
"Fake News Must End!" he said in a follow-up tweet.
....of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018
The president has repeatedly referred to some news outlets as "Fake News," which he has called the "enemy of the people."
Shapiro has frequently criticized the media for its treatment of Trump and the GOP, but he has also condemned the president's use of the phrase "enemy of the people."
Maggie Haberman, The New York Time's White House correspondent, also hit back against Trump's tweet.
It is being reported accurately. https://t.co/aLK06JUaNI— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 29, 2018
This isn’t a lack of understanding of the impact of these words. This is a strategy. Describing it as “he doesn’t get it” is a form of grading on a curve. https://t.co/aLK06JUaNI— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 29, 2018
Conservatives' trust in the media has been declining for years. After general confidence in the media hit a record low in 2016, Republican's trust in news outlets has held at 14 percent, according to Gallup. Meanwhile, Democrats' confidence in the media has risen to a 20-year high of 72 percent.
--This report was updated at 12:10 p.m.