It was an interesting choice of words for someone who is heavily influenced by Steve Bannon. As The Daily Beast reported in August, Breitbart's Bannon not too long ago claimed he wanted to emulate Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin and "destroy the state." Now he is the president's most powerful advisor.
Following is an excerpt from The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, by Stephane Courtois et al, translated from the French and published by Harvard University Press in 1999:
This is the tweet in question:
The day before, at the now infamous press conference where Trump vowed to speak past the reporters in the room to address "the American people," his efforts to dodge simple and direct questions were quite extraordinary, sometimes verged on the hallucinatory, and ultimately were self defeating.The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
When a sympathetic Orthodox Jewish reporter, Jake Turx, working for Ami Magazine, a Jewish publication asked a carefully phrased question in which he said he did NOT believe Trump or anyone close to him is anti-Semitic, but wondered what the president would do to stop the marked rise in anti-Semitic attacks and threats in the U.S. since his election, Trump took this as a personal insult.
This is from the CNBC transcript:
It would have been so simple for Trump to say the government would not tolerate anti-Semitic incidents such as those described; the FBI is investigating, and so on. No. Somehow this question was about him.
But the strangest and most disturbing exchange, because it directly affects national security, came when the CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett asked about recent obvious provocations and tests of American resolve by Russia. Again, it was the kind of question that could have been batted down with reassuring platitudes. But no. Trump twisted the situation to blame the American press for Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior, essentially letting Putin off the hook. Truly amazing ...:
Okay. But I'll tell you one thing, she tried to make a deal. She had the reset. She gave all that valuable uranium away. She did other things. You know, they say I'm close to Russia. Hillary Clinton gave away 20% of the uranium in the United States. She's close to Russia. You know what I gave to Russia? You know what I gave? Nothing.
Trump: I'm not going to tell you anything about what response I do. I don't talk about military response.
In point of fact, Trump got across his message very well to his core constituency. Putin's not the problem, he's not the problem. His tweet the next day was just a summation: the media are "the enemy of the American people."