Donald Trump on Monday ramped up his rhetoric against the news media, arguing it will “never be satisfied” with his remarks disavowing white supremacy, and insisting it’s full of “truly bad people.”
Trump made the comments two days after a Nazi sympathizer crashed into a crowd of people protesting white supremacy, killing one and injuring 19. The president on Monday battled CNN’s Jim Acosta during a contentious exchange, calling the reporter “fake news” for asking why it took him so long to condemn the groups responsible.
Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Trump’s willingness to levy attacks on the media, instead of the people responsible for the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, set Twitter ablaze on Monday.
The President tweets denunciations against the press. He still hasn’t tweeted criticism of white nationalists, KKK or Nazis. https://t.co/e9yPcDUAId
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) August 14, 2017
I’m starting to think Trump’s metric for “truly bad people” is off. https://t.co/KvIT0aHNOo
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) August 14, 2017
Trump seems frustrated his call for national unity, sandwiched between attacks on a CEO and fake news, didn’t achieve its aims
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 14, 2017
Think about the implications here. Essentiallly: “I condemned Nazis against my will to appease the media and they’re still not happy.” https://t.co/cSUyKCam1P
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 14, 2017
— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) August 14, 2017
A new comment shows the president’s frustration. https://t.co/pZksHDVaVO
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) August 14, 2017
The pivot https://t.co/qmshN5xpxD
— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) August 14, 2017
Glad to see this is the takeaway https://t.co/RGqvsLrVbR
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) August 14, 2017
Oh. My. God. https://t.co/a0KzXlIV3m
— Lloyd Grove (@TheLloydGrove) August 14, 2017
Someone’s watching TV by themselves… https://t.co/Af07pEL8wN
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 14, 2017
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 14, 2017
Trump basically admitting that his belated and only-under-duress repudiation of white supremacists was only to appease the media. https://t.co/YAYKfA6kaH
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) August 14, 2017
I just don’t even know what to say when our own president calls journalists “truly bad people.” We are not. https://t.co/hXyOx9UXKC
— Ashlea Kosikowski (@AshleaOnAir) August 14, 2017
— John Schindler (@20committee) August 14, 2017
Nazis are truly bad people. Not the media.
— PJ Sykes (@pjsykes) August 14, 2017
News media: Truly bad people
Actual Nazis: <squints at teleprompter> Um https://t.co/KmXp2E9SVz
— Andi Zeisler (@andizeisler) August 14, 2017
The truly bad people are not the Nazis but … the media.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 14, 2017
Well actually the bad people are the white nationalists down the hall from the Oval Office in your WH. https://t.co/DoJq1MMAMf
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) August 14, 2017
Can you be more specific please? Who exactly are the “bad people”? Who are the “good people?” Are the good ones carrying Tiki Torches? https://t.co/RMh9qlsCg1
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 14, 2017