Trump: ‘When you get good ratings, you can say anything’

Trump: ‘When you get good ratings, you can say anything’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE leaned into his attacks against the news media Thursday night at a rally in Indiana, blasting news outlets for what he said was unfair coverage driven by ratings.

After mocking a protester who was escorted out at the beginning of his rally, the president predicted that "terrible" people in the press would report that the venue suffered major problems with protesters.

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"One person. 'Major protest.' But are they going to talk about the thousands and thousands of people inside of this arena, and outside the arena where we put screens? No," Trump told the crowd.

"These are just dishonest, terrible people," Trump continued, referring to assembled reporters in the back of the room. "Terrible people. Not all of them. Honestly, not all of them. I'd say 85 percent," he added.

“When you get good ratings, you can say anything," the president added.

Some journalists noted on Twitter that the remarks bore a similarity to Trump's recorded comments that surfaced on an "Access Hollywood" tape during the 2016 election.

On the recording, Trump is heard telling host Billy Bush that "when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything," before describing grabbing a woman's genitalia.

The president frequently attacks the news media and individual reporters, often calling journalists and sometimes whole outlets "fake news," which he has declared an "enemy of the people."

Trump issued attacks against news outlets such as CNN and NBC on Twitter a dozen times this week, signaling that his poor relationship with the press will only continue.

"I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda," he wrote Thursday morning.

Trump rallied in Indiana on Thursday night in an effort to boost Republican Senate nominee Mike Braun, who is going up against incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE in the November midterm elections.