CNN broke away from President Trump’s 2020 kick off speech shortly after the crowd began chanting “CNN Sucks!”
While discussing the impact of the 2016 election, Trump directed comments to the assembled reporters.
“2016 was not merely another four-year election,” he told the Orlando, Fla., crowd. “This was a defining moment in American history, ask them right there.”
As Trump pointed to the media, the crowd began booing and chanting, “CNN Sucks! CNN Sucks!”
“The amount of press we have tonight reminds me of the Academy Awards before it went political and their ratings went down the tubes,” Trump went on.
CNN anchor John Berman cut in and said, “We’ve been watching the president kick off his re-election bid. He’s been on stage for about six minutes. Within two minutes, he did talk about the economy, but within four minutes it was attacks on the media. He was talking about a bright, rosy future but then quickly reverted to some of the same themes he’s been talked about since he began running four years ago today.”
CNN’s David Chalian said of Trump remarks: “Is Donald Trump going to seize this moment to frame his argument to the American people as to why they should renew his contract for another four years or is he just going to present us the Trump show, you know, and air his grievances and start the bashing of the free press and he shows no desire whatsoever to try and actually seize this moment to do something different. Again, I don’t think that’s terribly surprising.”
SOURCE: Tom Elliott