President Donald Trump attacked the so-called “dishonest media” Saturday night during a speech honoring America’s veterans, a speech that followed several attacks against the press earlier in the day via Twitter.
“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m president and they’re not,” he said.
“The fact is the press has destroyed themselves because they went too far. Instead of being subtle and smart, they used a hatchet.”
Trump vowed to support and defend religious liberty in his speech, telling the room full of evangelical Christians that the threat of terrorism is “one of the most grave and dire threats to religious freedom in the world today.”
“We cannot allow this terrorism and extremism to spread in our country, or to find sanctuary on our shores or in our cities,” Trump said.
“We want to make sure that anyone who seeks to join our country shares our values and has the capacity to love our people.”
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The evangelical megachurch First Baptist Dallas and Salem Media Group sponsored the event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress was a strong backer of Trump during the 2016 campaign.
The event at times felt like one of Trump’s signature campaign rallies, with the president promising an adoring crowd that America would “win again.”
Trump appeared on a stage decorated with a massive American flag. Choirs performed “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and other hymns and debuted a song with the lyrics “make America great again” — Trump’s campaign slogan.
Trump also pledged to always take care of America’s veterans.
“Not only has God bestowed on us the gift of freedom, he’s also given us the gift of heroes willing to give their lives to defend that freedom,” he said.