In a nutshell, the media attacks President Trump but get the blowback from these attacks in addition to whatever he is directing them for in turn. The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein connects the dots in a clip from an upcoming Axios special on HBO, where POTUS Trump says his “enemy” description and media attacks got him elected: “I wouldn’t be [in the White House] if I didn’t do that.” This comes in the context of a new Morning Consult/Politico poll following the mail bombs to anti-Trumpers in which 56 percent of registered voters saw President Trump as being divisive, while 64 percent believe the media is being even more divisive.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
President Trump said in a newly released interview that his attacks on the media played a decisive role in getting him elected, and a new poll provides insight into why the “enemy of the people” rhetoric (which he insists is only meant for “fake news”) actually works to his political advantage.
In a clip from an upcoming Axios special on HBO, Trump says this about his “enemy” description and fierce attacks on the media: ” I wouldn’t be [in the White House] if I didn’t do that.”
The comments come on the same day as the release of a new Morning Consult/Politico poll taken in the wake of mail bombs being sent to Trump critics and partially in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. In the days that followed the events, the media was dominated by stories, analysis, and commentary shining the light on Trump’s divisive rhetoric, while Trump himself put the spotlight on the media for pulling people apart.