Trump: Media is trying 'to take away our history and our heritage'

President Trump accused the media of “trying to take away our history and our heritage” at a campaign-style rally Tuesday night.

Trump repeatedly attacked the media during his speech, also accusing news outlets of “turning the cameras off” at the rally and cutting off coverage of the event. However, no major news outlets appeared to actually stop their livestreams or video coverage of Trump's speech.

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“For the most part honestly, these are really, really dishonest people, they’re bad people,” Trump said of the media at the rally in Phoenix. “I really think they don’t like our country, I really believe that.”

Trump railed against the news media during his speech, which addressed immigration issues, the border wall and violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.

He also defended his response to violence in the small college town, but failed to include or defend comments that said there was blame on "many sides" for the violence. Instead, Trump blamed news outlets for poorly covering his statements on Charlottesville.

Trump last week doubled down, saying that his first response was “excellent” and that liberal counterprotesters — whom he dubbed the “alt-left” — were just as much to blame as white supremacists for the violence. 

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?” Trump asked. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”