President Donald Trump, who has been battling the liberal media since he took office last month, has an unlikely defender in former Democratic Rhode Island Governor and presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee. Chafee was also a U.S. senator, and served there as a Republican from 1999 to 2007, before switching parties.
In an interview with WPRO-AM in Rhode Island on Tuesday, Chafee said that the news media “has been on a full onslaught against him (Trump), and I think it’s kind of tiresome. He won. I didn’t vote for him, but he won, and let’s let him get his feet under him and try and build an administration, and move on.”
Chafee also spoke about his issues with the media’s coverage of his presidential run last year.
“They immediately went to trivial things like when I said the U.S. should adopt the Metric system, and during the debate, they gave me 8 minutes out of 2 hours,” said Chafee. “The people in the mainstream media don’t want to have a conversation about the war in Iraq. I kind of knew that going in, and it was just re-enforced by that experience.”
Chafee has had his battles with the media in the past, and even banned all state officials from appearing on talk radio in 2011 when he was governor because he said it was more entertainment than journalism.
Despite the criticism of the media’s coverage of Trump, Chafee said that he disagrees with 99.9% of what Trump is proposing, but thinks he’s right on Russia.
When asked about his own political future Chafee didn’t rule out another run for governor or even for president in 2020, admitting that he’s “done crazy things before.”
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