Republican Senator Ben Sasse does not agree with Trump demonizing the media as a weapon of distrust.
“There’s an important distinction to draw between bad stories or crappy coverage and the right that citizens have to argue about that and complain about that and trying to weaponize distrust,” Sasse said in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The First Amendment is the beating heart of the American experiment, and you don’t get to separate the freedoms that are in there,” he continued.
The Republican senator is concerned with Trump’s recent behaviors towards the news media. He does not believe that Trump should weaponize distrust. A free press is guaranteed by the first amendment of the constitution.
Continuing his interview, Sasse added that “it’s not helpful to call the press ‘the enemy of the American people,'” referring to past remarks by Trump about the media.
Sasse went on to warn that such rhetoric could lead to a new form of “tribalism.”
Sasse also said that without differing opinions people end up in echo chambers.