CNN reporter Jim Acosta attempted to ask President Trump on Friday whether he “will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people?” just one day after a gunman killed five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland.
While speaking at an event commemorating the six-month mark of the Republican tax law, Trump said the deadly newsroom shooting “shocked the conscience of our nation.”
“This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief,” Trump said. “Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.”
Trump said his administration “will not rest until we have done everything in our power to reduce violent crime and to protect innocent life.”
Last year, Trump tweeted: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
At his rally on Monday night, Trump referred to the press again as “the enemy of the people.”
As the National Review notes: “Enemy of the people” has a long, horrific pedigree, of course. You will find it in the French Terror. You find it again in the Soviet Terror. Thousands of people were executed as “enemies of the people.”
“Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people,” Acosta shouted at Trump after Friday’s event.
“Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people,” CNN Journalist Jim Acosta shouted at the end of Trump’s speech pic.twitter.com/FqWT5afwUV
— POLITICO (@politico) June 29, 2018
“I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people,” Acosta said in a tweet. “He did not respond.”
I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 29, 2018
The Hill notes:
The president and his supporters have targeted Acosta repeatedly, most recently chanting “Go home, Jim!” at the CNN reporter during a Trump rally in South Carolina on Monday. Multiple reporters said a woman verbally attacked Acosta, who was standing in the press area.