Trump blasts media amid chants of ‘CNN sucks’
After a day of tension between the White House and CNN, the crowd at President Trump’s Pennsylvania rally on Thursday night broke out into chants of “CNN sucks” when the president blasted “fake news.”
Trump at the rally in Wilkes-Barre cited multiple examples of what he called “fake news,” including saying the “fake news refused to call” Pennsylvania for him during the 2016 presidential election.
While reminiscing about his 2016 victory in PA, Trump mentions the “fake news” media, which prompts the crowd to boo and chant, “CNN sucks! CNN sucks!” pic.twitter.com/ABSvT2u9u5
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 2, 2018
The crowd responded with boos and jeers, with some chanting, “CNN sucks.”
Trump later returned to the issue of the media during the rally, asking, “Whatever happened to fair press? Whatever happened to honest reporting?”
He also referred to the media as “horrible, horrendous people” and “disgusting.”
The rally took place just hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say the media is not the enemy of the people during a press briefing, after being pressed to make the statement by CNN’s 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 after Sanders wouldn’t make the statement.
Acosta also faced heckling from the crowd at a Trump rally earlier this week.