I never had such big ambitions for myself, but Pres. Donald Trump made my status official as an American enemy back on February 18.
I’ve been eying this situation warily ever since. No American president since Richard M. Nixon has so demonized and denigrated the free press.
But now, what with Trump using the official presidential Twitter account to share a video showing him body slamming a suited guy with a CNN logo superimposed on his head, I’ve got a couple of questions.
Are American journalists now eligible to get political asylum in some other country?
And if not, why not? I mean, seriously.
What exactly does it take for Canada or another first world country with real press freedoms to take me in?
As enemies of the American people like me are wont to do, I dove in for a closer look.
A president’s threat
Of course, journalists and first amendment watchdogs were all over Trump’s GIF today. It was a whole new level of media bashing.
Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, immediately dashed off a statement.
“No one should be threatened with physical harm for doing their jobs,” Brown said.”We condemn the president’s threat of physical violence against journalists.”
He wasn’t alone. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein called Trump’s tweet “very disturbing.”
“It’s not just anti-CNN, it’s anti-freedom of the press, it’s anti-freedom of speech. It is a definitive statement by the president of the United States,” he said.