President Donald Trump took his “enemy of the people” diatribe a step further on Friday, accusing “fake news” and reporters of “creating violence” by their “questions.”
“No, no, you know what, you’re creating violence by your questions,” he said. “You are creating, you. And also a lot of the reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth. The fake news is creating violence.”
“And you know what?” he continued. “The people that support Trump and the people that support us, which is a lot of people, most people, many people, those people know when a story is true and they know when a story is false. And I’ll tell you what, if the media would write correctly and write accurately and write fairly, you’d have a lot less violence in the country.”
Trump’s comments follow days of intense criticism for his divisive, and often violent rhetoric against the media and his critics. Some have linked his tone to recent attacks, like the pipe bombs that were sent through the mail to high-level Democrats — including the Obamas and the Clintons — and the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend.
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