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Graham: Free Press and Independent Judiciary Are Worth Fighting For

Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that the press and judiciary are “worth fighting and dying for.”

The Hill reports:

Graham, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” argued that “the backbone of democracy is a free press and independent judiciary.”

He made his comments after McCain told NBC in a weekend interview that suppression of a free press leads to dictatorship.

“That’s how dictators get started,” McCain told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “They get started by suppressing free press, in other words, a consolidation of power.”

Graham on Sunday said while the bottom line is that America is not becoming a dictatorship, McCain “was right to say that we need as politicians to understand the role of the press and jealously guard it.”

At the same time, Graham warned that media need to treat Trump more fairly.

“I would say this to the American press corps: When it comes to Trump, you’re over the top. You’re acting more like an opposition party. Every president’s had problems with the press. You need to do your job, but from a Republican point of view, I think the coverage against President Trump has been almost to the point of being hysterical.”

Graham took a more critical view of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, however, when he called Trump “a jackass” and said “he shouldn’t be commander in chief.”

Republicans who were deeply skeptical of Trump during the campaign have rallied behind him during his first several weeks in office.

Graham praised Trump Sunday for some of his recent accomplishments, such as renewing progress on the Keystone XL pipeline and rolling back regulations on the coal industry.

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