We expect the president to rise above petty arguments, to help enact wise policies that will enrich all of our lives, and to uphold the constitution. That includes freedom of the press. We want a president of whom we can be proud. But when the president engages in petty behavior like his most recent media-bashing tweets, it not only divides our country even further, it also embarrasses our country throughout the world and lowers our standing. People in other countries are now laughing at us.
This is not a partisan matter—party leaders need to stop enabling Trump when he attacks the free press.
I wrote the following to address the issues at stake: