President Donald Trump took aim at Amazon once again on Monday — and many critics have said that the president’s attacks on the online retail giant are really attacks against the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Appearing on CNN Monday, Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell said she was horrified that Trump would attack Amazon as a way to hurt her newspaper — and she said it was the sort of thing you’d expect to see from an autocratic ruler, not the President of the United States.
“We have a sitting president who is tweeting, apparently with the express intention of driving down a stock price,” she said. “This is something tinpot dictators do… He is trying to punish a perceived political enemy in Amazon, and the reason why he’s going after Amazon, of course, is that Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, owns the Washington Post.”
She then said that you cannot see Trump’s attacks on Amazon in isolation, but rather as part of a broader campaign against independent news organizations that critically cover his administration.
“It’s part and parcel of his more general attacks on the media,” she said. “He attacks CNN, he attacks the ‘failing’ New York Times, he attacks the Washington Post. He’s going after Amazon because it is a perceived political enemy.”
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