The Trump Chronicles, Volume 48: "Enemy of the People" Is Not a New Charge

President Trump’s displeasure with the press is well known. In a tweet last week he called the press the “enemy of the people.”

That comment perked the ears of many of us history buffs. We were certain we had heard this charge before and we were right. I encourage you to read an excellent article from the Washington Post that traces this phrase through the speeches and writings of Adolph Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung.

If there are any Republicans reading this, I’m sure you’re screaming at me that President Trump didn’t mean it in that context. Fair enough, but as I wrote last December, words matter. I don’t expect President Trump to be a history buff and recognize the danger of this charge, but I do expect that he chooses his words carefully.

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