Trump is glorifying violence against journalists. This is a national disgrace.

In free, democratic countries, government leaders don't threaten journalists

Two things seem ever-more certain as Donald Trump's presidency continues: First, Trump's anti-media rhetoric is going to get a journalist killed, or at least badly injured. Second, Trump doesn't care.

We're long past the point of debating whether to take Trump's antagonizing rhetoric about the media seriously or literally. After a year of "enemy of the people" talk, and in a week in which the world outside the Oval Office mourned a journalist murdered by an evil, oppressive regime, Trump decided on Thursday that the best way to appeal to his supporters at a Montana rally was to praise a congressman best known for assaulting a reporter.

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