McCain: Trump's Attitude Towards Press Is "How Dictators Get Started"

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In an appearance on NBC's 'Meet The Press,' Sen. John McCain shared his concerns about the president's feud with certain media outlets. "That's how dictators get started," McCain said about the instinct to suppress the media.

"I was talking about the period, as you know, of the New World Order. A fundamental part of that New World Order was a free press," McCain explained.

"I hate the press. I hate you especially," McCain joked to host Chuck Todd. "But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital."

"If you want to preserve — I'm very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press," McCain said. "And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started."

"They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, in the consolidation of power in history, that's the first thing dictators do. They shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator, I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history," McCain explained.

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