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Morning Joe Says Sarah Sanders Trashing Media Shows She’s ‘Afraid’ of Trump: ‘It’s a Stalinist Phrase For God’s Sake!’

On Friday, Morning Joe went in on Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the Trump administration’s undemocratic hostility towards the free press.

The conversation centered on the latest White House press briefing, where Sanders and CNN’s Jim Acosta had a major sparring match over President Donald Trump‘s referral to the media as the “enemy of the people” — and Sanders refused to disavow the term.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham lamented that the president’s legacy will be based on his appeasement of his base and anti-media hostility.

“It’s a Stalinist phrase for God’s sake!” Meacham said. “It comes out of totalitarian regimes to declare that a free press is the enemy of the people.”

As Meacham said that this hostility could eventually cause someone to get hurt, David Ignatius noted how Trump added to the “toxic situation” last night by ripping the press at a campaign rally.

Ignatius also suggested that Sanders handled things the way she did because she’s “afraid” of her boss, while First Daughter Ivanka Trump was able to rebuke her father.

“I see the play on both levels,” said Mika Brzezinski. “Ivanka was doing what she needed to do for Ivanka and Sarah Huckabee Sanders was doing what she needs to do for President Trump. But in the process, we’re losing something incredibly important in this democracy.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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