Here’s the Powerful Way Journalists Are Responding to President Trump’s “Enemy” Comments
With each day that passes, it seems like there’s a new political story coming from the White House. Just this week alone we saw President Trump’s first official press conference, which sparked quite the debate, a new inauguration poster with an all too common typo, and a recap rally in Florida. Perhaps most shocking, however, was seeing our president call news media the “enemy of the American people” via social media. Yikes!
In a tweet sent out following the conference, the president attacked five of the nation’s biggest news outlets directly, writing: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
It didn’t take long for journalists, as well as those who merely support them, to come together in an effort to show President Trump that news outlets are, in fact #NotTheEnemy. The hashtag has been trending ever since the original comment was made and include many powerful, moving stories of journalists who risked it all to cover the news they believed in. So far, thousands of #NotTheEnemy tweets have been sent out and the hashtag is showing no signs of slowing down. Take a peek at a few of the most powerful ones we found below.
— dykiegirl (@LexieMatheson) February 18, 2017
— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) February 19, 2017
— ceegee1975 (@ceegee1975) February 19, 2017
— Distopia (@DistopiaNow) February 19, 2017
Meanwhile, others have been using the hashtag to address President Trump directly, like YA writer and blogger Danielle Binks who shared a photo of a powerful quote from Thomas Jefferson that’s found on the streets of New York: “Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.”
— Danielle Binks (@danielle_binks) February 18, 2017
— Stephen Ohlemacher (@stephenatap) February 19, 2017
President Trump’s response came in the form of another tweet, this one declaring: “Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.”
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(h/t Hello Giggles, photo via Aude Guerrucci/Getty)