Hill Dems Stand With Journalists Fighting Presidential Attacks

Trump calls media 'opposition party' in new tweet tirade
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Sen. Democrats Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have introduced a resolution condemning the President's attacks on the press, even as the President was launching more attacks in the wake of journalists' pushback.

Seb. Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer

Schumer is Senate minority leader and Schatz the ranking member of the Senate Communications Subcommittee.

That resolution comes the same day that journalists were joining together, led by the Boston Globe, to repudiate the President's characterization of them as enemies of the people and fake news.

“Every member of Congress has sworn to uphold the Constitution, including the right to the free press. This bill is an opportunity for us to uphold our oath and make clear that we support liberty and free speech,” said Schatz. “It also sends the message that the legislative branch is capable of functioning as a separate and co-equal branch of government.”

“Throughout history, the free press has always kept our government in check when it has gone astray, perhaps more than anywhere else around the world, and the Congress has a duty protect the press’s first amendment right,” said Schumer."

That congressional effort also came as the President took aim at that effort in a series of tweets, calling the news media the "opposition party."