"When you look at history, the first thing dictators do is shut down the press," John McCain said on 'Meet the Press.'
McCain on Sunday said a free press is vital "to preserve democracy as we know it," and he cautioned about efforts to muzzle it, saying "that's how dictators get started."
The senator was asked in an interview how he felt about President Trump's recent tweet criticizing "the fake news media" that said "it is the enemy of the American people."
McCain told Meet the Press, ''The fact is we need you." He added: "When you look at history, the first thing dictators do is shut down the press."
McCain said he isn't asserting that Trump is trying to be a dictator, but "we need to learn the lessons of history."
‘That’s how dictators get started,' says McCain, who is never happier than when trashing conservatives. https://t.co/7hMj5JoKPJ— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 19, 2017
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