U.S. President Donald Trump’s increasingly ferocious attacks on America’s news media sparked equally fierce commentary Sunday in Washington and beyond.

“If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and, many times, adversarial press,” said Republican Senator John McCain on NBC’s Meet The Press program. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”

One day after taking to Twitter to brand top news outlets “the enemy of the American people”, Trump continued savaging the news media at a Florida rally.
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