President Donald Trump launched another attack against the New York Times on Wednesday morning in response to a devasting report outlining the president’s attempts to thwart investigations into himself.
“The New York Times reporting is false,” Trump tweeted, offering nothing to counter the Times’ reporting. “They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
George Conway, who is married to White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, asked the Twitterverse to vote on who is more believable: Trump or the New York Times.
“Please vote. And then please retweet (often),” Conway requested. “Who has more Credibility?”
Please vote. And then please retweet (often).
Who has more credibility?
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 20, 2019
They eagerly complied, with over 210,000 people casting a vote, 93% for The Times, and just 7% for Trump.
It was a no-brainer.
That’s probably the easiest question you will have to answer today.
— mary (@MaryWetton) February 20, 2019
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 20, 2019
Though I question Maggie & crew's loyalty to this regime. NYT is still more credible than 45.
GM Mr. Conway & Twitter
— MTorres_Tx15 (@saenzmom) February 20, 2019
The NYT at least admits wrong-doing when they are wrong. That's a sign of honesty.
— Carolyn Katwan (@ck1design) February 20, 2019
free rest area brochures have more credibility than donald trump
— 1000fires (@10000fires) February 20, 2019
There's always that 5% that are dumber than rocks.
— Woman In The Moon (@SassyKadiK) February 20, 2019
Trump’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric has people concerned about violence against journalists, such as the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland last summer.
Trump, when you speak this way, you incite violence. We have already seen a mail bomber and temple shooter incited by your words. As someone who is a victim of gun violence, I am disgusted by this. Disagree with the reporting, but stop using the phrase "enemy of the people"
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) February 20, 2019
So, you have officially transitioned from "The Fake news is the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE" to "The New York Times are THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE".
If anything happens to a NYT reporter, this is on YOU!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 20, 2019
Violence Against Journalists Reached 'Unprecedented Levels' In 2018, Report Finds : NPR https://t.co/HobmcQcynS
— Forever Logical 🖖 (@ForeverLogical) February 20, 2019
President Trump told Lesley Stahl he bashes press 'to demean you and discredit you so … no one will believe' negative stories about him https://t.co/FgcnrJ1rt9
— Forever Logical 🖖 (@ForeverLogical) February 20, 2019
Seriously…you need to stop this “enemy of the people” crap before someone in the press DIES because of it…
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) February 20, 2019
Insane grandpa is trying to get journalists killed againhttps://t.co/0DOtTmbGD2
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 20, 2019
Resisters believe they know who the “enemy of the people” is, and it is not the New York Times.
I think the guy locking up children in cages after separating them from their parents is the true ENEMY of THE PEOPLE. Or the guy who openly discriminated against black renters for decades. Or the guy who cheated on his wife right after she gave birth. Or Putin's puppet.
— James Kosur (@JamesKosur) February 20, 2019
We cannot trust a Russia asset- so we cant trust you Donald. The New York Times has been bringing the American people FACTS since 1851. Its distinguished reporters have won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. Truth is the enemy of a liar.
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 20, 2019
Naw, that’s you, dumdum.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 20, 2019
You are the worst.
— Liam O'Brien (@VoiceOfOBrien) February 20, 2019
Trump constantly yells the slogan “ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” like a communist or fascist dictator about to send journalists to the gulags.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 20, 2019
The Times story, which chronicles Trump’s pattern of trying to obstruct justice, is largely based on the president’s own words and actions.
Actually their story is based on publicly verifiable facts, like your own tweets. This tweet is a great example of the strategy they outline, which is to attack the credibility of anyone who is holding you accountable for your actions.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 20, 2019
When Trump defenders and QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory accusing the “deep state” of having a vendetta against Trump, tried to label the New York Times as “fake news,” Twitter fought back.
Ooops: FBI's Andy McCabe briefed Mitch McConnell and Devin Nunes on FBI's investigation into you being investigated as a possible Russian spy. And after these two Trump lovers were briefed they did NOT object. The evidence must have been that strong! https://t.co/WkysYv6gdS
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 20, 2019
So did the New York Times, with publisher A.G. Sulzberger directly responding in a statement:
“All these [past] presidents had complaints about their coverage and at times took advantage of the freedom every American has to criticize journalists. But in demonizing the free press as the enemy, simply for performing its role of asking difficult questions and bringing uncomfortable information to light, President Trump is retreating from a distinctly American principle. It’s a principle that previous occupants of the Oval Office fiercely defended regardless of their politics, party affiliation, or complaints about how they were covered.”
“The phrase ‘enemy of the people’ is not just false, it’s dangerous,” Sulzberger continued. “It has an ugly history of being wielded by dictators and tyrants who sought to control public information. And it is particularly reckless coming from someone whose office gives him broad powers to fight or imprison the nation’s enemies. As I have repeatedly told President Trump face to face, there are mounting signs that this incendiary rhetoric is encouraging threats and violence against journalists at home and abroad.”