Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is considering a primary challenge to President Donald Trump, countered the president’s frequent attacks on the news media, telling reporters “you are not the enemy of the people.”
The Republican governor’s comments came Monday in Washington, D.C., during a banquet for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. His remarks were detailed in a story by The Washington Post.
“You may not always get it right, but you are not fake news,” Hogan said.
And he added that calling the media “the enemy of the people” is the kind of “dangerous rhetoric that threatens to undermine and erode the trust between the people and the very institutions that are the cornerstone of our democracy.”
“Those of us blessed by your trust should give you a government that appreciates that no one of us has all the answers or all the power,” he said. “A government that tolerates contrary views among a diverse citizenry without making them into enemies or doubting their patriotism.”
Hogan told the gathering he respects reporters and their “noble profession.”
In an interview with The Associated Press earlier this month, Hogan said he doesn’t yet believe Trump is vulnerable to a primary challenge, but he is still considering one because “things could change.”
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