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I try to follow politics, and to be completely honest, I am preparing myself for four years (maybe eight) of the Trump administration.  I have heard intelligent students from our school say that President Donald Trump is not presidential, or that they’re worried that Trump will start a nuclear war with North Korea. However, Trump won the election in November of 2017, and democracies are ruled by the people who win elections. Still, there is a growing number of Americans and politicians who believe that Trump could be removed from office. Of course, the fact that he is still in the White House doesn’t mean that he’s correct. Lately it seems that the president would rather have journalists in our country be more like the press in North Korea, who have an excessive desire to please their government and are unfairly prejudiced. That would probably never happen in the United States. The First Amendment provides journalists freedom of speech, so even if Trump wanted to, make them stop writing about him. Instead, he has Twitter tantrums and attacks them in public.Look at his August 2017 speech at his campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the cruelest attacks on the press ever made by a U.S. president. He claimed that journalists were creating “fake news” and labeled them as enemies of our country. Clearly, the president was infuriated about that topic. But why was he so mad? Trump was angry that journalists had correctly reported that he accused racists and their opponents for violence at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year. This was because they accurately reported that Trump had said that there were some “fine people” among white supremacist protesters. Another example was because he described monuments of Confederate leaders who were pro-slavery as “beautiful statues.”Trump is also angry that the press keeps track of his lies. The Washington Post has been organizing a list keeping track of the president’s claims that were either lies or misleading since his inauguration last year. As of January 10th, that number had passed 2,000. Journalists have to report the facts when the president of the United States is not telling the truth.

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