The Senate on Thursday passed by unanimous consent a measure that affirms that “the press is not the enemy of the people,” pushing back on President Trump as he frequently attacks the media by calling it “the enemy of the people.”
The non-binding resolution also praises the “indispensable role of the free press” and says an attack on the media meant to “systematically undermine the credibility of the press as a whole [is] an attack on our democratic institutions.”
The resolution, spearheaded by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), doesn’t directly mention Trump.
The resolution’s passage came hours after Trump launched his latest attack on the press, saying much of what is written is “fake news.”
“There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!” he said in a tweet.