Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE told supporters Tuesday that they should stop reading newspapers and magazines and urged them to instead "read the internet."
"Forget the press, read the internet," the GOP presidential nominee instructed a crowd in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I do get a lot of honesty over the internet," he added later in his speech.
It's unclear what websites Trump was praising. Figures at several outlets such as Breitbart News, the right-wing website formerly chaired by Trump's campaign CEO Stephen Bannon, and Infowars, a site run by Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who rejects the government's account of the 9/11 attacks, have been outspoken in their support of Trump's candidacy.
Trump is working to make the theory that mainstream media outlets are part of a "rigged" system a central part of his campaign message. The system, in Trump's telling, is a conspiracy to undermine his campaign and destroy U.S. sovereignty by opening the country's borders on trade and immigration.
Trump's conspiracy claims that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE, the Democratic Party, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection MORE (R-Wis.) and elite "globalists," including a cabal of international bankers, are in cahoots with the media.
"Study over things," Trump advised his rally crowd Tuesday. "Don't go for the mainstream media."
"Good news," Trump added, "most of them won't be around for much longer in my opinion. They're going down."
Trump has trailed Clinton in a series of polls nationally and in a number of key battleground states as the pair take to the stage for their last debate Wednesday, just weeks before Election Day.