GOP governor criticizes Trump's 'dangerous rhetoric' about the media

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Monday criticized what he described as President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE's "dangerous rhetoric" about the news media, telling a crowd of reporters that they are "not the enemy of the people."

"You are not the enemy of the people," Hogan said, referencing a phrase Trump has often used when referring to the press.


"And it is that kind of dangerous rhetoric that threatens to undermine and erode the trust between the people and the very institutions that are the cornerstone of our democracy," Hogan added, according to The Washington Post.

Hogan, who is thought to be considering a primary challenge to Trump in 2020, was the keynote speaker at a banquet Monday for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, which is awarded annually by Syracuse University.

Hogan also told the press that while they "may not always get it right," they "are not fake news." Trump often refers to media reports he doesn't like as "fake news."

Hogan on Monday also told reporters that they represent "one of America’s most important and all too often under-appreciated professions," the Post reported. 

“I know that this is a difficult and challenging time for your profession,” Hogan added, according to the newspaper. “Faith and confidence in the media is nearly as low as it is for elected officials. Welcome to the club.”