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Chuck Todd Grills GOP Senator on Trump’s ‘Dehumanizing’ Tweet on Press: It’s Rationalizing Violence

While condemning President Donald Trump‘s verbal assaults on the media might be the obvious choice for those who believe in defending press freedom, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) skirted around any strong criticism of his rhetoric in a Meet the Press interview Sunday.

Speaking with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Blunt contended that there was no moderate, middle-of-the-road reporting left, and that while he’s seen some good journalists, it isn’t hard to find wrongs within the industry.

“I see the media — the press every day in the capitol walking through to my office, to the floor, lots of questions. Generally really good questions,” he said. “I do think there’s so much news out there it’s harder to focus in if you’re a part of the media than it may have been at one time. And if you watch TV every day, you could find some things that you — on various news channels you found objectionable and probably not to be true. [At] the president’s rallies people seem to respond to that.”

Blunt said he didn’t share Trump’s opinion, but repeatedly avoided acknowledging that the president’s attacks are dangerous, a point made clear by Todd, who told the senator “it makes violence against the press easier to rationalize for some.”

“Yes, but you could certainly find people on the news saying things about the president that are not appropriate either,” Blunt replied, adding that “there’s a lot of in depth psychology that goes on on some news stations every day.”

Despite Todd’s push for a more direct response, Blunt maintained that both sides were at fault, and that impartial news was a thing of the past.

“I would respectfully disagree there particularly on this show,” Todd said.

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