President Trump has cautioned his supporters for more than two years now—even during the 2016 presidential campaign—that some of the news they were hearing about him and his policies were wrong. Trump then waged a war on “Fake news” and the false information some mainstream media outlets were pushing simply to make him look bad.
It looks like Trump is winning big time as the results of a new poll indicate nearly 90 percent of conservatives agree that “fake news” is divisive to Americans.
Check it out, via Washington Examiner:
In a clip from an upcoming Axios special on HBO, Trump says about his “enemy” description and fierce attacks on the media. ” I wouldn’t be [in the White House] if I didn’t do that.”
The comments come on the same day as the release of a new Morning Consult/Politico poll taken in the wake of mail bombs being sent to Trump critics and partially in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. In the days that followed the events, the media was dominated by stories, analysis, and commentary shining the light on Trump’s divisive rhetoric, while Trump himself put the spotlight on the media for pulling people apart.
The poll did find that 56 percent of registered voters said Trump was more a force for division than unity. However it also found that 64 percent of the public believes that the media has done more to divide the country since Trump took office, compared with only 17 percent who say it has helped unite the country. Among his own base, the numbers are even more overwhelming: 80 percent of Republicans, 85 percent of Trump voters, and 87 percent of conservatives found the media to be more divisive.
Over the last couple of days, President Trump has been vocal about “fake news” being the “enemy of the people.” He attributed some of the anger and division in the country to what he called “inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news.”
“CNN and others in the Fake News Business keep purposely and inaccurately reporting that I said the “Media is the Enemy of the People.’ Wrong! I said that the ‘Fake News (Media) is the Enemy of the People,’ a very big difference. When you give out false information – not good!”
And, “Check out tweets from last two days. I refer to Fake News Media when mentioning Enemy of the People – but dishonest reporters use only the word ‘Media.’ The people of our Great Country are angry and disillusioned at receiving so much Fake News. They get it, and fully understand!”
“The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country,” the president said on Tuesday. “Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!”
He continued: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”