Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press, Sen. John McCain said that was “how dictators get started.”
McCain said, “I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital. If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – 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 added, “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.”
Not exactly sure what Sen. McCain is portraying by making these sweeping statements about dictators in relation to Trumps gripes with the press.
But it is the latest in a series of statements coming from the left that seem to align any of Trumps actions with a hard-line fascist regime, so I would take it with a pinch of salt.