WATCH: Reince Priebus Goes Down In Flames As Chris Wallace EVISCERATES Trump’s Media Attacks

Donald Trump and his administration have reached new heights when it comes to their ongoing war with the press. This new level of hostility comes, of course, as Trump called the press the “enemy of the American people.” Well, seemingly in an effort to ramp the heat up even more, Trump trotted out Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to defend his indefensible statements on the Sunday news shows.

One of the shows Priebus appeared on was Fox News Sunday. Host Chris Wallace didn’t go easy on Priebus. He began:

“He said that the fake media, not certain stories, the fake media are an enemy to the country. We don’t have a state-run media in this country. That’s what they have in dictatorships.”

Priebus then went on the defense, saying:

“It’s not just two stories. Then, it’s followed up by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, of other cable stations, not necessarily Fox, that all day long, on every chyron, every seven minutes, they’re talking about Russian spies. Talking about the intelligence community.”

“Talking about how me and Steve Bannon don’t like each other and what’s Kellyanne [Conway] doing. All this just total garbage. Unsourced stuff.”

Wallace then leaned further on Priebus:

“Here’s the problem, when the president says — that we’re the enemy of the American people, it makes it sound like if you’re going against him, you’re going against the country.”

Priebus turned up the whining to full blast after that one:

“Some of these things were covered. But you get about 10 percent coverage on the fact that you had a very successful meeting with Bibi Netanyahu, the prime minister of the U.K., the prime minister of Canada…but then as soon as it was over, the next 20 hours is all about Russian spies.”

Wallace then reminded Priebus that he and the rest of the Trump administration does not get to control press coverage:

“But you don’t get to tell us what to do Reince. You don’t get to tell us what to do anymore than Barack Obama did.”

“He never went as far as President Trump has and that’s what’s concerning because it seems like he crosses a line when he talks about, that we’re an enemy of the people.”

Priebus then went on to insult the media at large, cementing the idea that the Trump administration will be more hostile to democratic norms and the Fourth Estate than any we’ve ever seen:

“I think you should be concerned about mainstream news outlets that are acting like Washington daily gossip magazines. To accuse an organization of being in constant contact with Russian spies is outrageous. And everyday, it’s something different. It’s some other source that is absolutely untrue, instead of talking about the things that are going on.”

So, in other words, it’s just as we suspected. The incompetent authoritarians occupying the White House at the current time are hellbent on destroying the one institution that can be a check on them: the press. That is very, very dangerous, and it is indeed how civil democratic societies begin to descend into autocracies. We should all be very afraid and we should be vigilant, all the time, full stop.

Watch the exchange below:


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