Trump Bombs Away on the Press in Deranged CPAC Address
Borrowing a page from Steve Bannon's playbook, President Trump dug in deeper in his trench war with the press during a much-anticipated speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.
"You know the dishonest media [will] say, 'He didn't get a standing ovation.' You know why? No, you know why? Because everybody stood and nobody sat. So they will say, 'He never got a standing ovation,' right?" Trump asked. "They are the worst."
The audience roared. Trump then turned to his favorite subject, his election victory.
"The media didn't think we would win," he sniggered. "The pundits didn't think we'd win. The consultants that suck up all that money, oh, they suck it up. They're so good. They're not good at politics, but they're really good at sucking up people's money. Especially my opponents, because I kept them down to a minimum. But the consultants didn't think we would win."
But the president wasn't finished.
"And I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It's fake, phony, fake," Trump persisted.
"A few days ago I called the fake news, 'the enemy of the people,'" he hammered. "And they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources, they just make 'em up when there are none."
"I saw one story recently where they said, 'Nine people have confirmed.' There are no nine people," Trump told his febrile audience. "I don't believe there was one or two people. Nine people. And I said, 'Give me a break.' Because I know the people, I know who they talk to."
It bears repeating that Trump helped launch the repugnant birther movement in August 2012 using information from "an extremely credible source":
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1344284580
"There were no nine people," he rambled on. "But they say 'nine people.' And somebody reads it and they think, "Oh, nine people. They have nine sources.' They make up sources. They're very dishonest."
Trump used the word "dishonest" to describe the press a total of seven times in the speech and finished by praising himself yet again.
"Our victory was a win like nobody has ever seen before... a victory and the win for conservative values," he concluded.