As a true man of the people, President Trump hosted a rally in Harrisburg last night in lieu of hobnobbing with elite media personalities as the White House Correspondents Dinner, where many of the same reporters who blast Trump on a daily basis would be in attendance.
Trump wasted no time pointing out the failings of the media over the past year by saying the press “deserves a very, very big, fat failing grade” for their “dishonest” coverage of his administration today, and especially for their work during the past election.
In fact, Trump spent a significant portion of his speech bashing the elites during his speech, much to the satisfaction of the crowd that packed into the event.
“As you may know, there’s another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington D.C. Did you hear about it?” Trump said as his audience booed those elites. “A large group of Hollywood actors (crowd boos again) and Washington media (more boos) are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now. They are gathered together for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner — without the president!”
“Media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news, fake news,” Trump told his enthralled audience.
Trump joked that the White House Correspondents Dinner being held in D.C. the same evening would be “very boring” and joked that he might make it more fun for them next year by showing up. “But we have a good chance of showing up here again next year, too,” he said.
Perhaps making a jab at the media’s attempt to spin Trump’s first 100 days in a negative light, the president delivers his own unflattering assessment of the mainstream press by stating, “So, here’s the story. If the media’s job is to be honest and tell the truth, then I think we would all agree the media deserves a very, very big fat failing grade.”
At one point Trump turned around to acknowledge the audience behind him and actually pointed to a man wearing a shirt displaying the face of former president Bill Clinton with the title “Rape” written underneath it.
The arena that Trump hosted his rally in has a capacity of 10,000 people and judging by the crowd it certainly appears he was close to that number of attendees. Signs behind the president said “Promises Made” and “Promises Kept”, outlining the many executive orders and actions Trump has taken including ending Obama’s war on coal, creating an Accountability Office as oversight for the Veteran’s Affairs Office and putting an end to disastrous TPP trade deal.
After only 100 days in office Trump has made exceptional efforts to fulfill his promises to voters and despite the failure to pass a repeal/replace of Obamacare, there is plenty of time left in the year to tackle that disaster.