“Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s chief White House strategist, laced into the American press . . . .
‘The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,’ Mr. Bannon said.”
Part of growing up and becoming a mature, civilized person is learning how to respond to something you don’t like with something more intelligent than “Keep your mouth shut.”
” ‘I want you to quote this,’ Mr. Bannon added. ‘The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.’ “
Part of living in a democracy — and living with the responsibility of public service — is learning to handle opposing views.
Steve Bannon shares with Donald Trump a childish inability to accept anything that they don’t like to hear, whether it comes from Meryl Streep, Saturday Night Live, or the New York Times. During a debate when Hillary Clinton accused Trump of being a puppet of Vladimir Putin, Trump interrupted with “You’re the puppet” in a tone that reminded me of a little kid’s “I know you are, but what am I?”
With Bannon decreeing the press as the opposition, and Trump launching an investigation into the voting practices of states whose citizens opposed him, how long will it be before government officials start calling American citizens public enemies or subversive elements simply for offering honest criticism?