Trump’s fixation on “fake news” and his distaste for the media was witnessed in full bloom once again at the campaign-style rally held at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Florida. After a hard uncomfortable month at the White House, Trump finally seemed to be in his elements when he addressed a huge gathering of supporters at the rally.
Soon after alighting from Air Force One on Saturday afternoon, the first couple was led to the AeroMod International hangar at the Orlando- Melbourne airport where a massive crowd of supporters and fans had come together to cheer the president. After Melania Trump, in a magenta dress, was done leading the Lord’s Prayer she gave a short speech and introduced the President who wore a dark suit, white shirt with no tie and embraced him before he took center stage.
“It’s now been one month since my inauguration,” said the president after the preliminaries, “and I am here to tell you about our incredible progress in making America great again…. and I am also here to tell you about our plans for the future and they are big and they are bold and is what our country is all about, believe me,” he said to the cheering crowd.
Coming straight to his favorite pastime of media-bashing, he said, “I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.” He called the media “dishonest” and accused them of publishing “one false story after another with no sources even though they pretend they have them.”
To further discredit the media he referred to Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln’s distrust of the media and even quoted Jefferson to drive home his point.
He said he would never allow the media to get away with lying to the people.
“I will do whatever I can that they don’t get away with it. They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said, ‘nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle,’ that was June 14, my birthday, 1807,” he said continuing his diatribe against the news media.
He, however, forgot to mention that Thomas Jefferson had also written in 1787, “…were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”
He then went into bragging mode which is fast becoming a nauseating constant in his speeches.
“And by the way, you’ve seen what we’ve accomplished in a very short period of time. The White House is running so smoothly,” he gloated.
Having vented his “fake news” fury he switched over to his next pet subject and something, he never forgets to remind, that his government would be doing away with – Obamacare.
“We are going to be submitting in a couple of weeks a great healthcare plan that’s going to take the place of the disaster known as Obamacare. It will be repealed and replaced.”
His rally speech was not very different from the White House presser when he had gone after the media in similar fashion and had also not passed the chance to brag about his unprecedented achievements in such a short period of time.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done,” he had said.
For more on that story check out: The Press Has Become So Dishonest…” Trump Lashes Out at the American News Media