Pastor at Trump rally prays to shield Trump from 'jungle journalism'

Pastor at Trump rally prays to shield Trump from 'jungle journalism'

The pastor delivering the invocation at President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE’s rally in Ohio on Saturday called for God to shield Trump from “jungle journalism.”

CNN reported that Gary Click, a pastor and member of the Ohio GOP's State Central Committee, delivered the prayer ahead of Trump’s remarks, asking for God to “protect our President and his family with a shield of faith, Lord.”

“That shield of faith against the fiery darts of the wicked one, Lord, against that jungle journalism that extorts the truth and distorts honesty and integrity every single day, gets in his face with lies and mistruths and innuendos," Click continued.

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Trump, who has long railed against the media as “fake news,” has recently escalated his attacks, even calling the press the “enemy of the American people.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say last week that the media wasn’t the enemy of the American people during a heated exchange in the press briefing room with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

“I think the president has made his position known,” Sanders said. “It’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country.” 

Acosta walked out of the briefing early after Sanders's comments, later delivering an emotional monologue on CNN in which he said it is "un-American to come out here and call the press the 'enemy of the people.' "

Trump once again praised Fox News at the rally on Saturday, attacking the network's competitor MSNBC as "so corrupt, it’s so disgusting."