John McCain Says War On Press is “How Dictators Get Started”

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) said on NBC/MSNBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday that a politician going to war against the press is “how dictators get started.” This is not the first time he has disagreed with the president, this comment is the most recent, however.

“I hate the press. I hate you especially,” McCain said jokingly. “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,” McCain said. “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 elaborated that he was not implying that Donald Trump is trying to become a dictator. He made the remarks when talking about post-World War II and America’s role in it.

“They get started by suppressing free press,” McCain said on dictators. “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.”

the senator was also asked about inquiries in congress for investigating Russia’s role in interfering with the 2016 presidential election, and the extent of Michael Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador before the presidential inauguration.

“Can be Americans be confident that a Republican-controlled Congress can investigate this president thoroughly if necessary?” Host Chuck Todd asked the senator.

“I hope so. And I have to believe so.” McCain then added, “More hope than belief.”

When asked how much confidence he had in Trump’s ability as commander-in-chief, he expressed doubt. “I worry about the president’s understanding of some of these issues and his contradictory articulations. And I think the rollout of the, quote, immigration reform was an example of a need for an orderly decision-making process in the White House,” McCain said.

The senator was also worried about a comment by Trump on Fox News’ Bill O’ Reilly in which he challenged O’Reilly’s remark that Putin is a killer. The president countered that comment by saying that we are not innocent either.

After expressing doubts, the senator later affirmed his support of Trump, saying  “I think we should give the president the benefit of the doubt. But at the same time, we have our responsibilities of advise and consent.”

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3 thoughts on “John McCain Says War On Press is “How Dictators Get Started”

  1. Pingback: 5-Point Guide To Politics Today: McCain Speaks Out Against Trump And More | Braeden Politics and life

  2. Loss of our free press began way before Trump came on the scene; it was was most severely attacked when Michael Powell, chairman of the FCC and son of Gen. Colin Powell (member of the CFR), brought our fire press down to an information cartel through its major control through a very few corporations. Senator McCain, if you really like a free press, cooperate with your president/comnander-in-chief, you will be most satisfied when he makes America great again. The Globalists, Agenda 21 and 2030 people, want to destroy our country.

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    • Senator McCain seems to be willing to stand out from the rest of his party, most Republicans seem to be willing to agree to anything the president says. I think, as I said in my article, it’s refreshing to hear someone put aside party for a second and think about country. Although I do agree with you that Trump was not the first person to declare war on the free press, such a thing can’t occur easily by just one person.

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