Trump has already threatened to open up libel laws so he can sue the media for telling Americans how dangerous he’d be. But like with most of Trump’s bizarre election comments many people are hoping that he won’t actually go through with it. For many Trump supporters that was an actual argument: that Trump was saying openly crazy things just to garner attention. Kind of like boasting about how many babies you’ve drowned on a babysitting application just so you’ll stand out. Not crazy at all.
But apparently it isn’t all talk — at least the bit about beating the media into submission. In a secret meeting that Trump hoped the American public wouldn’t hear about, our future president confronted Wolf Blitzer, Charlie Rose, Lester Holt and George Stephanopolous in Trump Tower. He insisted that the gathering was “off the record” and then preceded to individually insult them while characterizing the entire media as corrupt, dishonest and short-sighted.
Despite his request for confidentiality, multiple sources leaked news of the meeting to the public. Even more disturbing than the meeting itself was the reaction of Conservative outlets. The Drudge Report made no mention that the meeting was kept away from the American people and instead called the event a “Media Summit.” Breitbart, with a similar lack of concern, spun the story as Trump “Eat[ing] the Press,” but seemed to view that as a good thing. As so many dystopian novels have cautioned us, the demise of democracy is accompanied by the thunder of applause, not bombs.
Trump has already gone two full weeks without giving any sort of official press conference. That’s more than any president in decades. Add that to his multiple threats to both the media and women who’ve claimed he’s raped or attacked them and a disturbingly “Stalinesque” image begins to emerge.
America is truly in danger, whether or not many of us realize it. There are no words capable of describing how important it is that we remain vigilant and informed in the days to come.
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