Early Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted declaring “the rigged and corrupt media” an “enemy of the people” once again. However, this time, he took things a step further, asking:
“How do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?”
The “hit job” the President is referring to is a Saturday Night Live skit criticizing Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the United States’ southern border.
Trump’s statements come just days after members of the media were attacked at a campaign rally held in El Paso, TX. In that incident, a Trump wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat physically shoved a BBC cameraperson while shouting “F**k the media!”
According to BBC Washington news editor Elanor Montague, the crowd had been “whipped up into a frenzy” by anti-media rhetoric throughout the rally by Trump and other speakers.
Just attended my first @realDonaldTrump rally where my colleague BBC cameraman Rob Skeans was attacked by a Trump supporter. The crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night #TrumpElPaso pic.twitter.com/Oiw8osPms3
— Eleanor Montague (@EleanorMontague) February 12, 2019
This is also just four months after pipe bombs were mailed to several of Trump’s high-profile critics at CNN offices in New York.