To the Editor:
I’m writing in response to a recent letter where the writer said President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of the press was fascistic. Fascism typically involves the forcible suppression of dissenting opinions through the use of violent threats, goon squads, false arrests and imprisonments, kidnapping, torture and assassination.
Trump’s language is not even remotely fascistic. In fact, it’s the epitome of protected speech. When the president referred to the media as “enemies of the state,” it was based on the biased advocacy that many segments of the media use to create a false or misleading narrative regarding many aspects of American life.
Given the recent exposure of the false Russian collusion narrative, the NBC/Ronan Farrow debacle and the Project Veritas videos revealing that CNN President Jeff Zucker bears a tremendous personal animus toward the president – which in large part goes to shape that network’s coverage of issues – I think the president’s criticism is not only protected, but also accurate, fair and necessary.
Mr. Keslinske, in an actual fascistic regime, you would likely not have the courage or even the thought to write a letter calling out the government leader as a fascist. But most certainly, you wouldn’t have been able to see my response just a few days later.