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Chris Cuomo: Trump using language ‘propagated by Stalin, used by Hitler’

Chris Cuomo: Trump using language ‘propagated by Stalin, used by Hitler’
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CNN host Chris Cuomo late Tuesday denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Cohen: I pray Michelle Obama's words will unite country again Michelle Obama: ‘I stopped even trying to smile’ during Trump’s inauguration Trump wants to end federal relief money for Puerto Rico: report MORE for what he called a "midterm hate campaign" predicated on fear and loathing. 

Cuomo justified his argument by noting that Trump has "whipped up as much xenophobia and conflict as he can."

He later said that Trump's message is that "Democrats are evil" and that the "media is the enemy of the people."

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"Again, that is a phrase propagated by Stalin, used by Hitler. The president says he’s a nationalist. Again, we know where this comes from, and it’s painful, especially to the ears of those who fled and fought the Nazis like the 11 Jewish people massacred this past weekend,” Cuomo added, referring to the mass shooting at a Pittsburg synagogue on Saturday, the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in American history. 

Cuomo praised Trump for visiting Pittsburgh on Tuesday to honor the victims and their families. But he argued that the president has received criticism in recent days because of his rhetoric. 

The host went on to say that Trump's message seems to be all about "demonizing." 

“The president is doing this not out of some deep, profound conviction. It’s because he thinks it sells. It’s all about the sell," he said, adding that he's molding the Republican Party in his image. 

Cuomo's comments came after a week in which a man was arrested and charged for sending a rash of explosive devices to prominent Democratic figures. Just a day later, the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue occurred. 

The events have led to bipartisan calls to cool what has become increasingly heated political rhetoric. 

Trump called for unity last Wednesday as reports surfaced about packages being sent to Democratic figures, as well as CNN's New York City office. But he later said that the anger in the country is caused in part by "inaccurate, and even fraudulent" news coverage.

"The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly," he tweeted on Monday. "That will do much to put out the flame."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to say which specific news outlets and reporters Trump believes are the "enemy of the people" during a press briefing, saying that "those individuals probably know who they are."