Dem: Trump’s claim that media is the enemy is what ‘tin-pot dictators say’

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings Nunes complains Democrats adding extra time for questioning witnesses Volker says he rejected Biden 'conspiracy theory' pushed by Giuliani MORE (D-Calif.) slammed President Trump’s claim that the news media is "the enemy of the American people."

"This is something that you hear tin-pot dictators say when they want to control all of the information,” Schiff said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” to be aired Sunday.

"It's not something you have ever heard a president of the United States say."

Schiff’s comment echoed a sentiment expressed by Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainConservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters Donald Trump's 2020 election economic gamble MORE (R-Ariz.), who said on Saturday that “suppressing free press” is how “dictators get started.”

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“That's how dictators get started," McCain told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. "They get started by suppressing free press, in other words, a consolidation of power."

"I am not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I am just saying we need to learn the lessons of history," McCain said.

The president clashed with reporters during a Thursday press conference, accusing reporters of spewing “fake news” and complaining that the media has treated his administration unfairly.

He followed up on Friday, tweeting that the "fake news" media is "the enemy of the American people.”

Schiff slammed Trump’s remarks, arguing that the president’s tweet equated to a claim that the First Amendment was “an enemy of the people.”

"I didn't think I could be shocked anymore by this president, but I have to say, of all the things he has said since he became president, or since the election, this to me was the most devastating and the most alarming," Schiff said. "That he essentially views the First Amendment — because that's what these organizations represent — as an enemy of the people."

Trump continued his rebuke of the press during a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday. The event, he said, was an opportunity to speak to voters “without the filter of fake news.”

“The dishonest media, which has published one false story after another with no sources, even though they pretend they have them — they make them up in many cases,” he said. “They just don’t want to report the truth.”