“When the media and the left attack the right, the right attack the media,” said John L. Mearsheimer, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush and the author of The End of History.
“They are trying to shut down the press, to destroy free speech.”
Mearsheim, a Princeton University professor, is a frequent commentator on the right and a frequent guest on Fox News.
And if you look at this as a war between the two, and we can’t allow that to happen, then I would hope that Republicans will come to the table and work with us on a way forward,” he said. “
There is no question that there are two sides to this.
And if you look at this as a war between the two, and we can’t allow that to happen, then I would hope that Republicans will come to the table and work with us on a way forward,” he said.
But Trump’s campaign chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, a Breitbart News executive and a former chairman of the Trump campaign, has not been shy about his disdain for the media.
“The media is not only a threat to our republic, they’re a threat that has been a menace to American democracy since its inception,” he wrote in a recent column.
“To put it bluntly, we are not the same people who fought in the Great War.
We are not even the same country.
And it is time for all of us to get together and say, enough.”
The fight is not limited to the courts.
Trump has also been criticized for his attacks on the news media.
In May, he was sued by former New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, who alleged that Trump falsely accused him of lying to the media, in an incident that has now been widely circulated online.
“It is disgraceful and inexcusable that the president of the United States of America would publicly smear the person who he thinks is lying the most to the American people,” Stephens said in a statement.
“I am proud to stand up for what is right and truth and decency.
That is why I am suing him.”
Trump has defended his attacks against Stephens as “fair and balanced” and defended his campaign against allegations that it did not disclose the existence of his tax returns.
“He didn’t make them public,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House on April 20.
“We did not do that.
And he’s going to release them, he’s not going to do that.”
The Trump campaign has denied any wrongdoing and says that it will release all of Trump’s tax returns, including those from his businesses.
“Bannon and the White Supremacists will never win this war because the media will always win,” the president said at a rally in Alabama on April 23.
“This is a rigged system.
They have their own rules and their own set of rules.
And the media can’t abide that.
I think that’s the key, and it’s going right to the heart of the matter.”
Losing the war on the left Trump has had his fair share of critics on the other side of the aisle, including the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, which is currently led by David Axelrod, who served as Obama’s senior adviser and later served as a senior adviser for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Axelrod was among those who urged the Trump administration to pull back from its immigration enforcement efforts and instead work with Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
“Instead of trying to push for comprehensive immigration reform, as many have suggested, we should be moving aggressively to deport the remaining 11 million undocumented immigrants who have been here for years,” Axelrod wrote in The New York Post.
“And we should do this in the face of growing bipartisan support for a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.”
But the left, which has long advocated for comprehensive reform, was not happy with Axelrod’s proposal.
“Axelrod is a smart and thoughtful man,” said former Rep. Jim Costa, a California Democrat and one of the bill’s most vocal critics, in a February 2017 interview on MSNBC.
“But he also has the potential to destroy the Democratic Party in the 2020 election.
It is a game of chicken, really.”
Costa, who was a member of the House Judiciary Committee when the immigration bill was debated, also said that the White Senate is “in chaos.”
“I’m not even sure what they’re doing,” Costa said.
“In the Senate, they’ve already taken a big step toward amnesty for the 11 million.
Now the Democrats want to go further.
And they want to pass it in the House, but they’ve got to do it through a Democrat-controlled Congress.”
In June, the progressive think tank Demos released a report titled “Trump’s Dangerous Move to Defund, Cripple, and Defame the Media,” which argued that Trump was trying to destroy mainstream media outlets and use their coverage to “divide the country.”
The report also argued that