President Donald Trump questioned whether news coverage he perceives to be unfair and biased toward Democrats should be legal Sunday, and at least one Republican lawmaker publicly disagreed with him, according to The Hill.
What Trump said: "A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live," Trump wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. "It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can't be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?"
A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday… https://t.co/334jLtwrKf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1544968734.0
Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw responds: Dan Crenshaw, a Republican elected to Congress in Texas's 2nd district (and also once a target of Saturday Night Live's satire) agreed with Trump that the media can be dishonest and unfair, but disagreed with the legality question.
"Yes, the media deliberately misleads and spins," Crenshaw wrote in response to Trump's tweet. "It's legal, and it needs to remain legal. The 1st Amendment is the backbone of American exceptionalism."
Yes, the media deliberately misleads and spins. It’s legal, and it needs to remain legal. The 1st Amendment is the… https://t.co/AaEuW6n9NV— Dan Crenshaw (@Dan Crenshaw)1545010869.0
Crenshaw became a nationally-known political figure when SNL comedian Pete Davidson made a derogatory joke about Crenshaw's eye patch, which he wears due to an injury suffered serving as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. Crenshaw was invited on the show the next week, and he appeared on air with Davidson.
Why did Trump call for media to be 'tested in courts?' Trump's tweet about NBC and Saturday Night Live was sandwiched between numerous tweets about missing text messages between former FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who had exchanged anti-Trump communications while working for the FBI.
Trump complained that, despite it being an important story, it "will never be covered by the Fake News. Witch Hunt!"
The night before, Trump took a parting shot at the now-closed Weekly Standard, a conservative media outlet that often took unfavorable positions toward the president.
"The pathetic and dishonest Weekly Standard, run by failed prognosticator Bill Kristol (who, like many others, never had a clue) is flat broke and out of business. Too bad. May it rest in peace!" Trump wrote.
The pathetic and dishonest Weekly Standard, run by failed prognosticator Bill Kristol (who, like many others, never… https://t.co/tt8tAybL4z— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1544890538.0