Trump Presser: How to Express Your Concern

Three talking points to use to explain your viewpoint.

If you were alarmed by the Trump press conference that was held this morning, (January 11, 2017), here are some talking points you may use to express this alarm.

1. Freedom of Press and uur Access to Information are at Risk

Trump calls out certain major news organizations as being those he does not like because they have published disparinging things about him. He says he will not answer their questions. This creates the atmosphere that in order to gain access to very important public information, you must publish complimentary stories about Trump. This is very, very threatening to the First Amendment, but also to our access to important information we need as an informed public.

2. He did not Deny the Trump Camp’s Involvement With Russia

Trump won’t definitively say if his aides/campaign had no contact with Russia during the campaign. There was a very clear question asked, and Trump did not respond.

3. This was aPromotional Event, not aPress Conference —and That Matters

Most of the event was not an actual press conference. Representatives for Trump read from prepared statements and then Trump allowed reporters to ask only a couple of questions.

Staff members filled the room, along with press, so they could applause. This shows the event was not about getting out information that the country needs to hear from someone we need information from (after all, he is about to become President) but more about creating the appearance that the information is being well received. The information was editorialized at every turn. The applause also creates the impression that Trump is loved.

Where to Learn More

Looking for the full transcripts? NPR Politics is a great source to learn more about the “press conference.” It is also working on disecting and fact checking what was announced.

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