Longtime GOP strategist Karl Rove on Monday urged President Trump to “tone down” his attacks on the media, comparing his attacks to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin
“I think this is over the top,” Rove, who served as a top adviser to former President George W. Bush, said on Fox News.
“Every president has problems with the media. I was in the White House for seven years – I didn’t like the coverage they gave George W. Bush, particularly the liberal New York Times,” he continued.
“But I think the president is better if he makes his case on a case-by-case basis, that is to say, when they say something that is wrong, he … respectfully disagrees with them,” Rove said.
Rove warned that Trump’s escalating attacks on the media “grate on” him because his language echoes Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who also used to refer to the press as the “enemy of the people.”
“I grew up during the time of the Cold War and that is a phrase that was used by Stalin against the enemies of the Communist regime,” Rove said.
“I think the president would be well-advised to tone down the rhetoric,” Rove added.
Trump repeatedly labels all negative press coverage of his administration as “fake news.” In recent days he accused journalists of causing wars and said that reporters are lying incessantly and being “horrible, horrendous people.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week refused to say that the press is not the enemy of the people.