Lindsey Graham: The Press Can Be ‘A Pain in the Ass,’ But Not the ‘Enemy of the People’
Reporter: Do you believe the news media is the enemy of the people?
Sen. Graham: "No, I think the press in America is a check and balance on power. … Sometimes you can be a pain in the ass, but you're not the enemy of the people."
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— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 6, 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went against President Donald Trump and said today that the press is not the enemy of the people.
The senator said as much Tuesday afternoon when questioned directly whether he thought so.
“I think the press in America is a check and balance on power,” he said. “I think sometimes you can get tribal like the rest of the country, sometimes you can be a pain in the ass, but you’re not the enemy of the people.”
“As a matter of fact, without a free press, I wouldn’t want to live in that country,” he added.
The statement goes against the president’s many statements that the “fake news” media is the people’s enemy. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders ducked the question when asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta to disavow the president’s comment.
Watch above, via NBC News.
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