Trump: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was ridiculed by the 'fake news'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE on Thursday night claimed that the media "excoriated" President Lincoln when he gave the Gettysburg Address in 1863. 

"You know when Abraham Lincoln made that Gettysburg Address speech, the great speech, you know he was ridiculed?" Trump said during a rally in Billings, Mont., citing the 272-word speech that Lincoln gave on a battlefield near Gettysburg, Pa., during the Civil War. 

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"And he was excoriated by the fake news. They had fake news then. They said it was a terrible, terrible speech."

Trump said the speech only became widely revered 50 years after Lincoln's death. 

"Fifty years after his death they said it may have been the greatest speech ever made in America," Trump said. "I have a feeling that's going to happen with us. In different ways, that's going to happen with us."

Trump's comments came as part of a free-wheeling speech he delivered in support of GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale on Thursday night.

The president touted Rosendale, Montana's state auditor, during the speech while taking several shots at his Democratic rival, incumbent Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterHow the border deal came together GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration Border talks stall as another shutdown looms MORE.

“Jon Tester will never drain the swamp because he happens to live in the swamp and he loves the swamp,” Trump said. 

Tester is one of 10 Democratic senators running for reelection in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race between Tester and Rosendale as a "likely" win for the Democrat.