As Trump continues his assault on the “fake news media” calling them the “enemy of the American people,” a noted former Navy SEAL offers a different perspective.
A retired four-star admiral and SEAL, William H. McRaven described Trump’s remarks as the “greatest threat to democracy” he’s ever seen. “We must challenge this statement and this sentiment that the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven said.
That’s coming from a man who’s seen major threats to democracy, reports the Washington Post:
McRaven, who was commander of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, organized and oversaw the highly risky operation that killed Osama bin Laden almost six years ago. The admiral from Texas had tapped a special unit of Navy SEALs to carry out the May 2011 raid on the elusive terrorist’s hideout, a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. One of the most experienced terrorist hunters in the U.S. government (McRaven) had spent years tracking bin Laden and recruited the Navy SEALs that carried out the raid two months before the terrorist was killed.
Contrast McRaven’s statement with that of U.S. Secretary of the Interior nominee and former SEAL Ryan Zinke:
“The media is never going to be on his (Trump’s) side,” Zinke said in an interview with the Missoulian. “He’s gonna say the sky is blue and the media is going to call him racist because he didn’t mention red or white.”
It’s a ridiculous quote but remember, Zinke was an early Trump cheerleader, which certainly didn’t hurt his chances of becoming the interior secretary in Trump’s cabinet. And although he hasn’t been confirmed, Zinke has pretty much quit his role as Montana’s sole representative in Congress, having not cast a vote since Jan. 5.
Time will tell if Zinke continues enthusiastically supporting all the outrageous Twitter attacks Trump has leveled at the media, and other targets. If Trump continues to falter and the rats start fleeing the sinking ship, maybe Zinke will start distancing himself. Otherwise, he’s all in.