WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday stepped up his attacks on what he called the “crazed lunatics” of the mainstream media.
In a series of tweets Trump slammed the mainstream media as “Fake News” and accused members of the press of intentionally falsifying stories to present he and his administration in a bad light.
“With all of the success that our Country is having, including the just released jobs numbers which are off the charts, the Fake News & totally dishonest Media concerning me and my presidency has never been worse. Many have become crazed lunatics who have given up on the TRUTH!” the president tweeted.
“The Fake News will knowingly lie and demean in order make the tremendous success of the Trump Administration, and me, look as bad as possible,” the president continued. “They use non-existent sources & write stories that are total fiction. Our Country is doing so well, yet this is a sad day in America!”
In yet another tweet, Trump slammed the press as the “enemy of the people” and the “opposition party,” reiterating claims he had made once before.
“The Fake News Media in our Country is the real Opposition Party. It is truly the Enemy of the People! We must bring honesty back to journalism and reporting!” he wrote.
The president’s attack on the press follows mounting tensions inside the White House as the partial government shutdown enters its third week.
The shutdown was prompted when Democrats refused to approve $5 billion in funding to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
Trump, who campaigned heavily on a promise to secure the southern border during his 2016 presidential election, says the shutdown may go on indefinitely until Democrats approve the funds necessary to build the wall.