CNN cut away from its coverage of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign kickoff rally from Orlando, Florida on Tuesday night shortly after Trump attacked the free press as “fake news,” spurring chants of “CNN sucks.”
Minutes into his rally speech, Trump referred to his 2016 election as a “defining moment in American history,” and pointed to the members of the media inside the Amway Center, adding, “Ask them right there.”
The crowd responded by chanting “CNN sucks,” a line that has become a staple at Trump campaign events.
“By the way, that is a lot of fake news back there,” Trump said after the chant had died down.
The “amount of press we have tonight reminds me of the Academy Awards before it went political and their ratings went down the tubes,” he added.
After cutting away from his speech, CNN anchor John Berman recapped the early moments of the rally by saying, “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 talked about since he began running four years ago today.”
CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter tweeted: “After a “CNN sucks” chant breaks out at Trump’s re-election event, Trump says ‘that is a LOT of fake news back there.’ CNN aired the first 6 minutes, then cut away for analysis. John Berman pointed out that Trump reverted to his usual lines.”
After a "CNN sucks" chant breaks out at Trump's re-election event, Trump says "that is a LOT of fake news back there." CNN aired the first 6 minutes, then cut away for analysis. @JohnBerman pointed out that Trump reverted to his usual lines.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 19, 2019
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