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'That's What Dictators Sound Like': Democratic Lawmaker Warns that Trump's Tweets Seem Like They Come from 'Moscow'

June 13, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Even Wolf Blitzer seemed shocked by the president's most recent Twitter tirade.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's most recent broadside against the American press makes him sound more like a dictator than a democratically elected leader.

On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: “So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have 'begged' for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!”

Asked about these comments in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Swalwell said, “Well, that could have been issued from Pyongyang. That could have been issued from Moscow. That could have been issued from Ankara, Turkey. That's what dictators sound like.”

Swalwell noted that he has written legislation that would protect journalists from violence precisely because of Trump's persistent attacks on the press.

“Journalists are being assaulted, and we see escalating rhetoric and violence against journalists correlated with the president's words,” he said. “And that's deeply troubling.”

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