Trump and Putin at the G20 conference before they joked about getting rid of journalists

Trump And Putin ‘Joke’ They Should ‘Get Rid’ Of Journalists On One-Year Anniversary Of Capital Gazette Shooting

It sure is fun to be a journalist critical of the President right now! At a public meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during the G-20 conference this week, Donald Trump said that they should “get rid” of journalists because something something fake news.

“Get rid of them,” said Trump. “Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia but we do.”

“We also have,” Putin replied in English. “It’s the same.”

You know what else they have in Russia? Twenty-one murdered journalists since Putin seized power in 2000, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Donald Trump has, of course, repeatedly referred to journalists as “the enemy of the people,” a phrase coined by none other than Josef Stalin as he used it to justify his killing of over 1.2 million people he imagined to be plotting against him. Since his attacks on what he likes to call the “fake news media” began, journalists have been routinely attacked at his rallies.

No reporters have been killed. Yet.

Naturally, many people are appalled rather than amused by this remark, including Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

To make matters worse, today marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Maryland in which a gunman murdered five employees because they published an article about him harassing someone from his old high school. The governor of Maryland has declared today Freedom of the Press Day in the state. Trump celebrated by basically suggesting more journalists be killed.

That sure is one healthy democracy we got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.