Since the beginning, Trump has been bashing the media calling them “fake news” and everything else in between. He says what he wants when he wants and now it’s gotten him in trouble with the United Nations.
The UN Worries For U.S. Citizens
According to the United Nations Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, Trump’s criticism of the American press amounts to an attack on the freedom of the press and could provoke violence against reporters. Zeid also said that Trump’s comments on women, Mexicans, and Muslims are troublesome and questioned his approach to immigration and Arpaio’s pardon. And as per usual, there was no immediate response from the White House on Trump’s attack on what he thinks is the “fake news.”
“It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
“It’s sort of a stunning turnaround. And ultimately the sequence is a dangerous one,” he told a news conference in Geneva.
Trump constantly calls CNN, The Washington Post, and the New York Times “fake.” Zeid added, “To call these news organizations ’fake’ does tremendous damage and to refer to individual journalists in this way, I have to ask the question is this not an incitement for others to attack journalists?” He also voiced concern that a Guardian journalist had been “assaulted in the United States most recently.”
Trump is a Narcissistic Taboo Breaker
Nazi salutes, swastikas, anti-Semitic slurs and racist references to African-Americans had “no place in the United States or beyond”, Zeid said, in his first comments on the events in Charlottesville. “The President prides himself as a taboo breaker, indeed his supporters see him as such. But at the time I expressed my feeling that this was grossly irresponsible, because it has consequences, it emboldens those who may think similarly to sharpen their assaults on these communities,” he said.
Zeid also weighed in on the recent pardon of Joe Arpaio saying, “Does the president support racial profiling, of Latinos in particular, does he support abuse of prisoners? Arpaio referred at one stage to the open-air prison that he set up as a concentration camp, he later recanted said it was a joke. Does the president support this? these actions have consequences.” He also compared the leadership of the president to a bus driver where “I almost feel that the president is driving the bus of humanity and we’re careening down a mountain path.”
Reckless driving at it’s finest! At least the UN is on our side and hopefully, if they can, step in and stop this madness once and for all.