The United Nations’ human rights chief just came down hard on President Donald Trump’s criticism of journalists. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein believes that Trump’s treatment of journalists amounts to an attack on the freedom of the press and could very well provoke violence against those who report the news.
The U.N. human rights chief also said that President Trump made worrying remarks about women, Mexicans, and Muslims. He also questioned Trump’s policies on immigration and his pardoning of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
“It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said. “It’s sort of a stunning turnaround. And ultimately the sequence is a dangerous one,” he told a news conference in Geneva.
The U.N. chief then referred to The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN and added: “To call these news organizations ’fake’ does tremendous damage and to refer to individual journalists in this way, I have to ask the question is this not an incitement for others to attack journalists?”
Maybe the harshest criticism of Trump came from Zeid when he called the president a “taboo breaker.”
“The President prides himself as a taboo breaker. Indeed his supporters see him as such. But at the time I expressed my feeling that this was grossly irresponsible because it has consequences, it emboldens those who may think similarly to sharpen their assaults on these communities,” he said.
The U.N. chief summed up the situation with Trump by comparing him to a bus driver. “I almost feel that the President is driving the bus of humanity and we’re careening down a mountain path. And in taking these measures, at least from a human rights perspective, it seems to be reckless driving.”
What do you think about such harsh criticism of the president coming from the United Nations?