Donald Trump’s comments about the network are disgraceful, a bipartisan group of senators said Thursday, a day after the president mocked the network for “fake news.”
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Trump’s tweets and comments “tarnish our democracy.”
Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sherrod Brown, D, Ohio, said Trump should resign or step down.
“This President’s outrageous and shameful attacks on our First Amendment rights undermine the very institutions that make our democracy work,” they said in a joint statement.
“We hope the American people will reject the toxic politics of fear and division, and reject President Trump’s dangerous and dangerous policies.”
Trump on Wednesday called CNN “fake” and said the network was “very dishonest.”
He also said the media was “fake.”CNN has not been shy about challenging Trump on his comments.
During his presidential campaign, Trump said the press was “totally controlled” and “dead” by Democrats and the Clintons.CNN has faced increasing criticism from liberal media outlets for its coverage of the Trump administration.
In a joint op-ed, two liberal media figures wrote that Trump’s administration’s decision to rescind DACA, a program that protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, was a “political stunt” and the media had done nothing to hold the Trump White House accountable.
The move came after the administration announced it would end DACA by March 6, and Trump was criticized for it, as well as his comments about Mexicans and Muslims.
The White House later said the president was trying to save face.
In their joint op/ed, Democrats said the move to rescind the DACA program was a violation of the president’s promise to keep DACA.
They added that it also shows Trump’s “despicable disregard” for the lives of immigrants.
“It’s shameful that this Administration is so out of touch with its citizens and people of color, especially in the face of the devastation caused by Harvey and the devastating opioid crisis that has ravaged communities across the country,” they wrote.