Trump Slams Media in Campaign-Style Rally on 100th Day in Office

Trump Slams Media in Campaign-Style Rally on 100th Day in Office

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President Donald Trump used the occasion of his first 100th day in office to hold a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, touting his record and taking aim at the national media.

The president told a boisterous crowd of supporters that he was “thrilled” to be far away from Washington D.C. where members of the press were gathered for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

“As you know there’s another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington D.C., did you hear about this? A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” Trump said. “They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Without the president.”

Trump spent the first few minutes of his speech criticizing his treatment by the media, using his standard refrain of “fake news.”

“Media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news. Fake News,” Trump said. “And they’re sitting and they’re wishing in Washington – they’re watching right now – they would love to be with us tonight. But they’re trapped at the dinner, which will be very, very boring.”

Before talking about own first 100 days, Trump told the crowd he first wanted to rate the media’s record during his presidency.

As the president began to unload on the press, suggesting some members of the media supported his opponent Hillary Clinton, a protester was removed from the venue.

“Get ’em out of here. Get ’em out of here,” Trump said, later praising the law enforcement officers in attendance.

Trump named two newspapers by name, the New York Times and the Boston Globe, in his attacks.

“Take the totally failing New York Times. Pretty soon they’ll only be on the internet,” Trump said. “The paper is getting smaller and smaller — it’s starting to look like a comic book.”

Ultimately, Trump declared the media had earned a “very, very big fat failing grade.”

To the cheers of the crowd, Trump then listed numerous achievements he said he has accomplished in the first 100 days since the inauguration.




Image: U.S. President Donald Trump leads a rally marking his first 100 days in office in Harrisburg

U.S. President Donald Trump leads a rally marking his first 100 days in office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 29, 2017.