Donald Trump has been increasingly using the term “fake news” to describe media outlets that have reported inaccuracies and/or distorted information about him.
He has also criticized mainstream media for failing to provide him with a “fair” and “balanced” coverage of his presidency.
Trump said Thursday that the media is “the enemy of the American people” and said they should be “taken out.”
In a wide-ranging interview on Fox News, Trump continued his criticism of the media.
“They’re the enemy of everything I stand for.
They’re the enemies of the country, they’re the greatest enemies of our country, because they’re taking our country for granted.
I will say this: The fake news media.
You know, I hate the fake news,” he said.
“The media is a disgrace.
The media is the enemy.
The fake media is destroying our country.
And they are taking our nation for granted.”
“They are the enemy, I say it,” he continued.
“You know, the fake media, they have the greatest disrespect for our president.”
“I’m the enemy,” he added.
“I want to fight you.
I want to beat you.
You have a lot of enemies out there.
But they are the enemies.”
In the interview, Trump was asked by Fox News host Martha MacCallum about his criticism against the media during the 2016 presidential campaign, including his assertion that the New York Times “faux-satire” reporting about him was “the worst fake news story of my lifetime.”
“Well, that was one of the worst fake stories of my life,” Trump said.
“‘The New York Star’ actually did a fantastic job, Martha, the New Yorker did a great job with it.
“It was a fake story,” MacCalline said. “
Well you know, you know it was very dishonest.”
“It was a fake story,” MacCalline said.
Trump’s comments on Thursday were his most aggressive comments on the media since he became president-elect in January.
“If the media has their way, I’ll go in there and tear them apart,” he told The Associated Press in November.
“And when I’m finished, I want the media to be in a box.”
“We’re going to win and we’re going, I think, in a very, very big way,” Trump added at a press conference in October.
Trump has also made repeated attacks on the press and the mainstream media.
In September, he referred to reporters at the podium in his New York office as “the biggest, baddest, scariest bunch of liars.”
Trump also told the AP that the mainstream press is “just not fair” and that he will be “the most hated person in the world” if he is elected president.
“This is a media that is in total disarray,” Trump told the outlet.
“It’s in total meltdown.
It’s in complete chaos.
They can’t even do basic fact checking.”