“This idea fronted by the president that somehow the press are the enemy of the people, reinforced by him tweeting out images of a reporter being hit by a train, body-slammed in a wrestling ring, is incitement to violence.  I don’t know any other way to call it. That undermines an essential pillar of the American democracy,” he said. “Nothing guarantees us a 243rd or a 244th year, unless all of us stand up for the institutions that make us so strong in the first place.”

“So, I think we need to vigorously defend the freedom of the press,” he continued. “We need to call out violations, not just in this country, in countries like Mexico, one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist, the killing of Khashoggi by the Saudi Arabian government. There has to be consequence. There has to be accountability. There has to be justice. This is our chance to lead on one of the most important issues to our democracy and to freedom around the world.”


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