Trump just blamed the media for putting their own lives at risk in unhinged, disturbing Twitter rant

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This morning, the president met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, who warned him that his anti-free press rhetoric was “dangerous and divisive.”

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Unfortunately, the president seems to have taken this as a challenge, since he just took to Twitter to fire off an unhinged rant in which he blamed the media for putting themselves at risk with their “unpatriotic” reporting.

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Blaming a victim for their own abuse is gaslighting 101, and nobody does it better than Trump, whose entire career and in all likelihood most of his personal relationships are built on a house of lies and cruel emotional manipulation.

But it’s breathtaking to see him do it on a national scale, accusing the media of destroying their own industry and inciting violence against themselves by simply doing their jobs and reporting on the appalling things that Trump says, does, and has done in the past.

The few positive things that have occurred since the Trump administration took office, especially in the economic sector, are largely due to the healthy economy he inherited from the Obama administration — an economy that his reckless trade wars and deregulation threatens to plunge back into the gutter.

He knows it’s true, which explains his deep and obvious insecurities when it comes to lashing out about “positive” coverage and his complaints about the reporting on his endless legal troubles.

Which is why these furious tweets are likely only the beginning of a new phase in his war on the media, and why we must redouble our efforts to take back Congress and finally put this man in check before any more people get hurt.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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