Why Trump is now calling for an end to ‘fake news’
The Republican candidate for president on Wednesday called for an immediate end to fake news, calling it “the biggest threat” to democracy.
Trump made the remarks during a speech in Alabama that included an attack on CNN and an attack against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
“Fake news is the biggest threat to democracy, I want to be very clear,” Trump said.
“I want to call out CNN, I’m calling out Rand Paul.
I’m not saying he’s lying, but I’m saying it’s a problem.”
Trump said the “real news” is that the media “seems to be trying to destroy” his presidency.
“They’ve gone after our president, they’ve gone against him,” Trump added.
“And now, after a very long, very hard campaign, I think they’re trying to find a way to destroy my presidency.
I mean, it’s the greatest danger to democracy in my opinion.”
Trump, speaking from Alabama, said he would like to see a ban on the use of fake news.
“We should ban the use or production of fake and fake news,” he said.
The campaign said Trump would not say he would reverse President Obama’s executive order on fake news that allows the government to seize the property of news outlets that publish false information.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.