Trump: Fake News Machine Is ‘Real Opposition’

New survey asks if supporters think there is a 'witch hunt' to take him down

If it is possible, President Donald Trump's attack on the media has reached new heights.

In an email under the President's name, the Republican National Committee and Trump Make America Great Again Committee have issued a new "Media Accountability Survey" (following one in February), with the President doubling down, or perhaps now tripling down, on his war with journalists and his characterization of them as the enemies of the American people.

"Friend, I’ve said it before and I will say it again: The Fake News Media is the real opposition," Trump said in an e-mail intro to the survey. "It’s a 24/7 barrage of hit jobs, fake stories and absolute hatred for everything we stand for as a movement.

"And the same talking heads that said Hillary Clinton had a 99% chance of winning the election now think they can speak on behalf of the American people. It’s time to once again release our Mainstream Media Accountability Survey to show that the American people are fed up with the Fake News Machine."

The release of the new survey came the day after the same camp sent a solicitation email with similar rhetoric requesting $1 donations to fight the media.

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"They don’t care about the truth," the president continues in the email. "They don’t care about what’s right. They only care about propping up the liberal Democrats they worship. There is nothing they won’t do to stop us. This is a fight we can’t afford to lose. The future of America hangs in the balance. Our country is at stake."

He asked supporters to take the quiz to help "fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions," though he did not say what he planned to do with the information.

The survey has many of the same questions as the one in February, but some are different including the new question: "Do you believe that the media is engaging in a witch hunt to take down President Trump?"

"Witch hunt has been the President's term of art about the widely reported investigations by the Congress and Justice into the campaign's, and White House officials, contacts with the Russians.

Other questions include: "Do you believe that the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?" and "Do you believe that the media has been far too quick to spread false stories about our movement?"