Just one day after he refused a request to order the nation's flags to fly at half-staff to honor the five people slaughtered at The Capital Gazette, Trump targeted the media once again.
He referred to the press as "the Opposition Party," and, as he has done on countless occasions, "the Fake News," ginning up more resentment towards those exercising their First Amendment rights and their responsibilities as part of the nation's Fourth Estate.
(Experts agree attacking and working to muzzle the free press is a hallmark of fascism.)
And the president tied it all up in a claim praising himself, insisting "we would now be at War with North Korea!" if it were not for him.
Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well! In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018
In reality, as the American military and even The Wall Street Journal confirms, North Korea is advancing its nuclear weapons program, enriching more uranium in complete violation of the deal Trump made with Kim Jong-un.
Norwegian journalist Morten Øverbye corrected Trump's "if not for me" claim:
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