Just hours after newsrooms around the country held a moment of silence for the five Capital Gazette journalists killed in last week’s mass shooting, President Trump launched a vicious attack against the free press at his campaign-style rally in Great Falls, Montana.
Trump decried reporters as “downright dishonest” and “really bad people” and claiming “they make the sources up.”
“I see the way they write. They’re so damn dishonest,” Trump said. “And I don’t mean all of them, because some of the finest people I know are journalists really. Hard to believe when I say that. I hate to say it, but I have to say it. But 75 percent of those people are downright dishonest. Downright dishonest. They’re fake. They’re fake.”
“They make the sources up. They don’t exist in many cases,” he continued. “These are really bad people.”
Trump has previously called the press the “enemy of the American people.”
Trump went on to claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “fine” despite his past career with the KGB.
After telling the crowd that getting along with Russia, China, and North Korea was a “good thing,” he mocked the critics of his upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart.
Those critics say “‘President Putin is KGB’ and this and that. You know what? Putin’s fine,” he said.
Trump: "You know President Putin is KGB… Putin is fine. He's fine. We are all fine, we're all people" pic.twitter.com/EHJktcEZu4
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 5, 2018