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Even this former Democratic presidential candidate says the media's treatment of Trump is unfair

U.S. President Donald Trump answers a question from CNN's Jim Acosta during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination. (Image source: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee (I) said earlier this week that he disagrees with President Donald Trump on 99.9 percent of his proposals, but there did appear to be at least one thing the two can agree on.

During an interview Tuesday with WPRO-AM, Chaffee channeled his inner-Trump, blasting how the mainstream media has covered the 45th president. Trump has repeatedly attacked the media, first as a presidential candidate, then as president-elect  and now as president, even going as far as to call the fourth estate a "enemy of the American people."

"It's just a full onslaught against him and I think it's kind of tiresome. He won. I didn’t vote for him, but he won, and let’s let him get his feet under him and try and build an administration, and move on," Chaffee said, later indicating he voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Rhode Island Democratic primary and for Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 general election.

Chafee was elected to the senate as a Republican in 2000 but lost re-election in 2006 to Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. Chafee successfully ran for Rhode Island governor in 2010 as an independent but went on to become a Democrat in 2013, according to Ballotpedia. He then announced his bid for the Democratic nomination in June 2015. He ended his campaign four months later.

Chafee and Clinton both served in the U.S. Senate when Congress voted in 2002 on whether to invade Iraq. Clinton voted yes. Chaffee voted no.

Chafee recalled Tuesday how the mainstream media treated him during the primary. He specifically noted his record in the U.S. Senate of opposing the Iraq War from the start, something his Democratic primary rival Hillary Clinton supported. Chafee said that from his experience as a presidential candidate, the media don't want to talk about the decision that resulted in the longest-running war in U.S. history.

"We got into the Iraq War and for those who have questioned it and voted against it in my case, they don't want us talking about it. I found that out in the presidential race. They immediately went to trivial things like when I said the U.S. should adopt the metric system, and during the [Democratic presidential primary] debate, they [CNN] gave me eight minutes out of two hours. The people in the mainstream media don’t want to have a conversation about the war in Iraq. I kind of knew that going in, and it was just re-enforced by that experience," Chafee told WPRO-AM.

Before ending his bid for the presidency Oct. 23, 2015, Chafee participated in the first Democratic primary debate held Oct. 13, 2015 in Las Vegas. The debate was sponsored by CNN and moderated by hosts Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Dana Bash.

Chafee made headlines during the campaign when he famously suggested the U.S. should "be bold" and join the rest of the world by switching to the metric system. Chaffee later said his suggestion would serve as more of a "symbolic integration" into the rest of the world, CNN reported.

"This is just one piece, as I said, of becoming internationalist as a country and getting away from that unilateralist approach, that muscular approach to the world, that I don't think is working in our best interests," Chafee said while announcing his bid for president June 3 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

(H/T: Accuracy in Media)

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