Trump Called the Press the 'Enemy of the People' Again Just Three Days Ago
President Trump's repeated labeling of journalists as "the enemy of the people" is leading many online to now blame him for a Thursday afternoon mass shooting that has left five dead in a Maryland newsroom.
After the president posted a tweet offering his "thoughts and prayers" many rushed to point the finger at him for instigating deadly violence against reporters.
No motive is yet known, although the shooter, identified only as a white male, is in custody.
One reporter was quick to blame Trump directly:
You caused this, Mr. President.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 28, 2018
Just three days ago Trump again called the press "the enemy of the people."
Trump calls the media "the enemy of the people," then brags about a woman who was recently interviewed and said there was nothing Trump could possibly do to lose her support. pic.twitter.com/pHuDcFM4XW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2018
And here's Trump attacking the media last summer:
NBC News minutes ago reported, "President Trump does not respond when asked as he returns to the White House to comment on the Maryland newsroom shooting."
Others on social media also offered similar responses blaming the president for today's murders:
And your daily attacks on the “fake news media” and calling journalists the “enemy of the people” may have contributed to this horrendous tragedy.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 28, 2018
Yeah, you're awfully sorry aren't you? Inciting desperate young white men to violence has been elevated to an art form by you and your ilk. You should take personal responsibility for this. You caused it with your anti-media propaganda. It was only a matter of time...
— Sean (@SWad26759882) June 28, 2018
Trump says thoughts and prayers are with those he once called “the enemy of the people.” https://t.co/mcwuI9pquW
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 28, 2018
You with your constant violent attacks to media and your constant attacks on the free press are DIRECTLY responsible for what happened in Annapolis.Riling ppl up against press. And you are incapable of ANY thought, let alone prayer, so spare us. Thoughts & prayers fix NOTHING. https://t.co/DazdEIWGy7
— Ale (@aliasvaughn) June 28, 2018
This is your fault for repeatedly villainizing the media and doing nothing to control guns.
You murdered those journalists. You weren't holding the gun but you made the trigger move.
— jon "fuck all of this" rosenberg🥦 (@jonrosenberg) June 28, 2018
You called the employees at the Capital Gazette the “enemy of the people” four days ago. https://t.co/vuEZ7O3D15
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 28, 2018
The shooting today in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland cannot reasonably be separated from the President's mission to villainize the press as "the enemy of the American people."
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 28, 2018
Save your thoughts and prayers and maybe stop inciting your inbred followers against journalists https://t.co/CPlSYnCHf1
— Evan Hurst (@EvanHurst) June 28, 2018
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