Senator John McCain warned that suppressing the free press was "how dictators get started". The Arizona Republican, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, was responding to a tweet in which Trump accused the media of being "the enemy of the American people".
The international order established after World War Two was built in part on a free press, McCain said in an excerpt of an interview with NBC’s "Meet the Press".
"I hate the press. I hate you especially," he told interviewer Chuck Todd. "But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital."
"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started," he continued.
"They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history," McCain said.
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