Senator John McCain warned that suppressing the free press was "how dictators get started". The Arizona Republican, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, was responding to a tweet in which Trump accused the media of being "the enemy of the American people".
The international order established after World War Two was built in part on a free press, McCain said in an excerpt of an interview with NBC’s "Meet the Press".
"I hate the press. I hate you especially," he told interviewer Chuck Todd. "But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital."
"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started," he continued.
"They get started by suppressing free press. In other words, a consolidation of power. When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history," McCain said.
suppress：壓制、抑制。例句：She was struggling to suppress her laughs.（她拚命不讓自己笑出來。）
adversarial：敵手的、對抗的。 例句：Concerning this issue, she has taken an adversarial stance with me.（關於這項議題，她與我立場相左。）
consolidation：鞏固、加強。例如，the consolidation of political power（政權的鞏固）