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Graham bashes media for ‘activist’ agenda at Trump presser

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) accused the “mainstream press” of revealing an “activist” agenda during a Wednesday press conference with President Trump. 

“The mainstream press are not – in my opinion – ‘Enemies of the People’ but rather ‘Allies of the Democratic Party’ playing an activist role in support of their agenda,” Graham said in a statement. 

His comments came after a press conference during which Trump aggressively went after multiple reporters, including PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor, CNN’s Jim Acosta, NBC’s Peter Alexander and National Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan

Graham, a former Trump critic who became an ally, has previously echoed Trump’s denouncement of “fake news.”{mosads}

Graham said the conduct of the White House press corps on Wednesday “will do NOTHING to improve their standing with the American people.” 

Reporters during the press conference asked Trump about the biggest stories of the week, including Democrats retaking the House, reports that Trump made racist remarks about black people in private and the migrant caravan heading toward the Southern border. 

Acosta asked Trump if he demonized the Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty when he referred to them as an “invasion.”   

“You’re a very rude person,” Trump said to Acosta. “CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person.”

Trump during the conference accused Alcindor of asking a “racist” question after she pressed him over white nationalists who feel emboldened when he refers to himself as a “nationalist.”  

“I’m simply asking the questions the public wants to know,” Alcindor tweeted after the conference. “A note: I followed up the president calling my question ‘racist’ with a policy question about his proposed middle class tax cut because that’s what journalists do.” 

“We press on,” she added. “We focus on the privilege of asking questions for a living. We do the work.” 

Acosta made similar comments on air later in the afternoon, saying, “When they go low, we keep doing our jobs.” 

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