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Trump parrots Bannon’s criticism of the press: ‘Media is the opposition party’

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Donald Trump on Friday parroted chief counselor Steve Bannon, blasting the news media as the “opposition party.”

“I think the media is the opposition party in many ways,” Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview

“I’m not talking about everybody, but a big portion of the media, the dishonesty, total deceit and deception. It makes them certainly partially the opposition party, absolutely,” the president added.

Trump said the press treat him “so unfairly it’s hard to believe that [he] won,” adding it’s “fortunate” that he now has a “big voice.”

Trump’s comment comes a day after Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, used that exact same phrase to describe the press, telling the New York Times, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile” following Trump’s election.

The president’s disdain for the media permeated throughout the 2016 election, with Trump frequently calling reporters “the most dishonest people,” despite his somewhat symbiotic relationship with the press. In his first week in office, the president has repeatedly complained that the press is treating him unfairly, pointing to news outlets’ comparisons of crowd sizes between his and former President Barack Obama’s inauguration as evidence. Despite Trump’s obviously lower turnout, the president has nonetheless insisted his was the “most watched” of any inauguration, ever.

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Florida GOP official under fire for jokes about running over anti-Trump protesters

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Republican Brevard County commissioner Bryan Lober is coming under heavy criticism after making Facebook posts that joked about running over people protesting against President Donald Trump.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Lober recently responded to a Facebook post made on the "Political Voice of Brevard County" Facebook page about planned protests against Trump ahead of his 2020 campaign kickoff.

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Iowa Republican backtracks after hinting Kellyanne Conway is leaving the White House

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) hinted that Kellyanne Conway may be on her way out of the White House for violating federal law.

The Iowa Republican was asked to comment on findings by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that Conway had repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by promoting political campaigns during public TV appearances as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

"Obviously there has been a commission that has decided that's not appropriate, so she is being removed from that position," Ernst told WHO-TV. "We certainly want to be working towards the good of all Americans. Obviously, she wants to support the president's initiatives. She is an adviser -- or was an adviser -- but she used her position differently."

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We have to prepare for this Trump nightmare scenario as Republican power-grabbers grow bolder

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Polls currently show that all the major Democratic presidential candidates are pulling way ahead of Donald Trump, and while Democrats should take nothing for granted — Trump will run a campaign so nasty it will likely put 2016 to shame — there is at least some reason hope that Americans will turn out in large numbers and that Trump will be soundly defeated in 2020. That victory would be both exciting and an enormous relief, a moment when we all collectively begin to believe that the national nightmare is ending.

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