Former President Donald Trump recently blasted the New York Times and its chief White House correspondent Peter Baker on Monday for what he claimed was inaccurate reporting over his recent “dictator” comments via Mediaite.
“Fake News writer Peter “Obama” Baker of the Failing New York Times (READERSHIP & SUBSCRIPTIONS WAY DOWN FROM THE GOOD OL’ TRUMP YEARS!), whose claim to fame is that, “he will never write anything good about the GREAT job President Trump did,” just wrote, in a major, front page story, that I want to be a Dictator,” Trump fumed on his Truth Social platform.
“But doesn’t mention it was said in a joking manner, and completed with “but only for a day, because I’m going to close the Border, and DRILL, DRILL, DRILL,” a much different attitude and meaning!” Trump concluded.
It has been noted that Trump’s rhetoric vowing to use the powers of government to punish his domestic critics, from MSNBC to the Bidens, has raised alarm across the country. Baker covered that alarm in his Saturday article, writing:
“When a historian wrote an essay the other day warning that the election of former President Donald J. Trump next year could lead to dictatorship, one of Mr. Trump’s allies quickly responded by calling for the historian to be sent to prison.
It almost sounds like a parody: The response to concerns about dictatorship is to prosecute the author. But Mr. Trump and his allies are not going out of their way to reassure those worried about what a new term would bring by firmly rejecting the dictatorship charge. If anything, they seem to be leaning into it.”
Trump recently kicked off this news cycle in earnest on Veterans Day when he posted, “In honor of our great Veterans on Veteran’s Day, we pledge to you that we will root out the Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our Country, lie, steal, and cheat on Elections, and will do anything possible, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America, and the American Dream.”
Trump added, “The threat from outside forces is far less sinister, dangerous, and grave, than the threat from within. Despite the hatred and anger of the Radical Left Lunatics who want to destroy our Country, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Trump’s dehumanizing rhetoric was quickly condemned by critics and his spokesman released a statement doubling down. Steven Cheung told the Washington Post in response to a story coving those critics that “those who try to make that ridiculous assertion are clearly snowflakes grasping for anything because they are suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome and their entire existence will be crushed when President Trump returns to the White House.”