Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made headlines over the weekend as he offered some strong criticism for President Donald Trump's attacks on the media. 

On Friday afternoon, Trump declared CNN and several other mainstream outlets to be "the enemy of the American people."

McCain responded on NBC News, telling Chuck Todd that authoritarian leaders often seek to immediately shut down a free press.

"That's how dictators get started. ... I'm not saying President Trump is trying to be a dictator, I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history," he said.


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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said a free press is the backbone of democracy but criticized the media for being "over the top" in its coverage "almost to the point of being hysterical."

On "Outnumbered," Meghan McCain said it's become "exhausting" to see the "absolute hysteria" from the left toward Trump, combined with the harsh criticism from the right toward any negative comments about the president.

"On both sides it's exhausting...and it makes people not want to talk about it, and I think that's the dangerous part. It makes journalists exhausted with covering it; it makes commentators exhausted with talking about it," she said. 

"I just want to get to a place in the media where we actually have a rational conversation that's not so emotional on both sides."

Watch the full panel discussion above, also featuring Chris Stirewalt, Sandra Smith, Dagen McDowell and Eboni Williams.

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