In the latest display of the Trump administration’s distaste for media outlets, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon said that the media “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
In an interview, Bannon also claimed that news organizations should be “humiliated” by the outcome for the 2016 election. He went on to continue to cultivate the Trump administration’s war with media, outlining news outlets as being “the opposition party” of the current administration. His comments imply that Trump’s White House is at war with the media, if it wasn’t clear enough before.
According to the New York Times, Bannon also said,
“I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
Tensions are high at the Trump White House and Bannon’s comments are simply the latest symptom of it’s instability. At this point in time, tensions between the media and Trump administration are reaching an all time high. President Trump and the rest of his team have worked to spread blatant lies about various events — including the size of the crowd at Mr. Trump’s inauguration and the claim that roughly 3 million undocumented immigrants voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, effectively swaying the popular vote in her favor.
Mr. Bannon typically restricts his interviews to Breitbart, the right-wing website that he ran up until August of 2016 when he landed a position with the Trump campaign. However, in his latest interview, Bannon invoked Trump’s rhetoric in many ways, including when Trump called journalists “among the most dishonest people on earth.”
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