Well, the turbulent relationship between President Trump and the press isn’t looking to improve any time soon.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 19, 2018
The Hill reports that Trump made the remarks before a small-business group in Washington:
During a speech to a small-business group in Washington, Trump said the “fake news” reports about children being separated from their families at the border are aiding human traffickers.
“They are helping these smugglers and these traffickers like nobody would believe,” Trump said of the media. “They know exactly what they’re doing.”
The president accused news outlets of covering child separations more than congressional hearings about an inspector general report about the Hillary Clinton email probe “because those hearings are not good for them.”
“The whole thing is a scam,” he told members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Too far? CNN’s Chris Cillizza thinks so, but his tweet didn’t exactly provoke the response he was likely looking for.
Donald Trump just said, flatly, that the media is knowingly aiding and abetting smugglers and traffickers.
How is that ok?
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 19, 2018
It isn't, except what your industry did to Mitt Romney and got away with also isn't OK, and because you got away with it nobody cares what Trump says about you.
Sow. Reap. Deal with it, just like we have to deal with your horrible, biased reporting. https://t.co/ktfqkJ0RZb
— Nathan burger (@NathanWurtzel) June 19, 2018
… and that was about the most sympathetic tweet Cillizza received in response.
Own the consequences of your actions. https://t.co/rtVgDIWgOP
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) June 19, 2018
Because the truth hurts sometimes.
It's a thing us adults deal with from time to time. https://t.co/Jsx4YC3bC6
— John Laghezza (@JLaghezza) June 19, 2018
You are corect. It's not OK. Quit aiding and abetting smugglers and traffickers, and report truthfully. https://t.co/lHi8n92IXr
— Don Surber (@donsurber) June 19, 2018
The media aiding and abetting smugglers and traffickers is NOT OK! Glad you agree. https://t.co/a4F5fMiBPJ
— Daniel Graczyk ? (@dgraczyk30) June 19, 2018
It's not. You should all be ashamed. https://t.co/HPBguFiqV1
— Rob Yarbrough (@RobertKYarbro) June 19, 2018
That's why he called you out for it. https://t.co/zfA61CqM8S
— Lake Bum (@dustopian) June 19, 2018
Because the media dictates policy, therefore making his statement true. https://t.co/HNqjsHbFa6
— Neil Dwyer (@NeilDwyer93) June 19, 2018
Because you are. Dude, if you don't like the reflection in the mirror, that's not the mirror's fault. https://t.co/htWMmIFtz6
— alexandriabrown (@alexthechick) June 19, 2018
Because you literally ARE. https://t.co/p8wNcysWFI
— Evil Red Kid (@_SOURKIDZ_) June 19, 2018
You 100% deserve those accusations. Immigration policy has enabled illegal immigration, drugs/human trafficking for years and media selectively chose now to get outraged (when Trump wants to stop it all).
— Kevin Blasdell (@kmblasdell) June 19, 2018
You seem to support the act when adults bring children across the border that are not their own, then are released together to await trial and do not return. Perhaps if you weren't conflating illegal immigration with legal asylum requests at border stations you'd have a point.
— John Bristol (@jbristol11) June 19, 2018
It's OK because it's true. We police the border to prevent child trafficking and drug smuggling and you're trying to interrupt that process. I guess you don't care if Mexican children are smuggled in for pedophiles ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/aOjtI8WuRP
— #DismantleTheFed?? (@Trump_Landslide) June 19, 2018
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) June 19, 2018
Smugglers and traffickers take advantage of emotional responses to immigration issues. It's not that hard to figure out. https://t.co/reyyfYnudB
— Keith Maniac from Guatemala (@CutItOutPutin) June 19, 2018
Only two options are:
(a) Separate children from suspected traffickers, knowing that in a small number of cases (about 20%) the suspect would prove innocent
(b) Enable & incentivize child trafficking by keeping children together with traffickers in all cases
You picked b. https://t.co/HfgcH9PWVW
— Bansi Sharma (@bansisharma) June 19, 2018
You picked a side, now stand by it.
— /OLA (@moep_eins) June 19, 2018
Probably not knowingly. Most people probably haven't worked out the logical implications of their policy positions to see how they aid human trafficking. Of course, they could research the issue. https://t.co/8XUY0GklZx
— Nicolas Gold (@NicolasGold1) June 19, 2018
Because quarter-wits like you don't bother to do basic bitch research on the smuggling issues at the border? https://t.co/eXqDFdP8KY
— Azathoth (@ArkhamRealty) June 19, 2018
BTW, thank you @POTUS for putting the onus on the people who deserve it. These scumbags exploiting kids for political points while running interference for child sex-trafficking, drug cartels and slavers who abuse our system.
And these evil pricks call us "Nazis" … GFY https://t.co/9xO6oPUurD
— Notorious Augusto P (@GenAugustoP) June 19, 2018
LMAO look at this chump getting owned in the replies. I told you guys this issue was a loser for the media and Dems. Keep raising awareness and fight the fake news. Social media is the Fourth Estate now. https://t.co/FYw7cq9QFA
— We Are Negan (@NeganWins) June 19, 2018
Did we mention that Trump’s approval numbers are going up? We’ll just leave this here again in case anyone from CNN is reading:
Donald Trump's weekly job approval just matched the highest level of his presidency. You might want to change your tactics, media. They aren't working. https://t.co/ZscHr7JaUP
— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 18, 2018
CNN's Chris Cillizza goes all-in on the 'Republicans pounce' angle on Strzok text https://t.co/PRGizU9NDP
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 14, 2018