Letter: Democracy under attack by Trump

To the editor:

President Trump has denounced the American media, accusing them of reporting fake news and calling them the enemy of the people.

Thomas Jefferson said if the United States could have a government or a free press, he would prefer the latter.

Sen. John McCain said the first thing a dictator does in taking over a country is silence the independent media.

President Trump is now selectively inviting representatives of the press to briefings, excluding those media that have been critical of his policies and leadership.

The moment for America is more serious than Watergate and Nixon.

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter recently stated that two-thirds of Americans don’t even know their country has three branches of government. They don’t know who to hold accountable for their festering problems. When problems get bad enough — a serious terrorist attack or another financial meltdown — some person will come forward and say, “Give me total power and I will solve the problem.” That is how democracy dies.

Freedom of the press is the cornerstone of a democracy and is critical to having a transparent government holding all decision makers accountable.

Herbert J. Grover,

Gresham