President Donald Trump issued a scathing rebuke of the media on Tuesday, even going so far as to say that people in the media didn't like the United States.
“These are really, really dishonest people and they're bad people,” Trump said at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. “I really think they don't like our country and I really believe that,” Trump added before speculating that the media wouldn't change.
“If they would change, I would never say it,” Trump said, suggesting that if he thought they would change, he wouldn't make such an accusation about the media's feelings toward the country.
“You would think they'd want to make our country great again, and I honestly believe they don't,” he said.
Those comments followed a long rebuke from Trump of the media's coverage of his response to racially charged protests in Charlottesville. After reiterating his condemnation of hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Trump claimed that “the only people” giving those groups a platform was the media.
He added that the media was responsible for the country's division. According to Trump, the media would “rather get ratings and clicks than tell the truth.”
The media was so dishonest, Trump suggested, that without social media, he wouldn't have been elected president. “If I didn't have social media, I wouldn't be able to get the word out. I probably wouldn't be standing here,” he said.
Furthermore, Trump argued, the media's characterization of his tweeting habits — as occurring in “tweet storms” — was inaccurate. “These are sick people,” Trump added about the media.