Former Bloomberg TV host John Heilemann said that Trump’s rhetoric against the media – and in particular a tweet in which he called the fake news media the ‘enemy of the people’ – might incite a terrorist attack like the Oklahoma City bombing. Here’s what he said:
“Look, he has been waging war on the press for a while but I have to say this language is really, you know, far outside — it’s not like Nixon, you said it before. Enemy of the people is pretty far outside of what is the standard Republican playbook of attacking like Nick Confessore of The New York Times and other places.
“And, you know, there’s — administrations always take offense when they are criticized and challenged. But I think part of what you are seeing is bipartisan. And even inside the Trump administration itself it seems kind of beyond the pale…
“I think most of the people at this table were alive, politically conscious, at the time of the Oklahoma City bombings. And every time that Donald Trump uses this kind of language I kind of worry that it’s an incitement to elements in our country that may go ahead and do something when the president of the United States calls the press the enemy of the people and they might take that seriously. Does that concern you?”
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