The president declared that the news media is the “enemy of the American people”.

Dictators throughout the ages have used similar terms to label people and organizations with the courage and integrity to call them out for their their incompetence and deviousness. For example:

Vladimir Lenin coined the term vrag naroda four weeks after coming to power in 1917.

Mao Zedong, who presided over the deaths of millions of citizens, applied the label to anyone who opposed him.

And Joseph Stalin designated his enemies, mainly artists and educated members of the public, as enemies of the people.

None of this is normal, and it warrants fierce and aggressive resistance.

It’s Wednesday the 22nd of February, 2017.

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