Trump Leads Rally Goers Into Bizarre Chant Against CNN Over Pittsburgh Coverage
Donald Trump supporters broke into chants of “CNN sucks” at President Trump’s rally in Florida on Wednesday night as the president lamented the “left-wing” media’s coverage of his visit to Pittsburgh the day before.
Trump was greeted by massive protest when he visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday after a mass shooting at an area synagogue on Saturday left 11 worshipers dead and six others wounded, including four police officers. Many community leaders said he was not welcome due to his divisive and sometimes incendiary rhetoric.
Trump kicked off the rally by denouncing the media’s coverage of the protests, falsely claiming the protest groups were small.
He then accused the media of overblowing a protest in Pittsburgh during his visit, and “doing everything in their power to play it up and push people apart.”
“Sadly, they took a small group of protesters, far away from where we were,” Trump said. “The media did everything in their power to try to play it up and push people apart.”
The crowd then began to chant “CNN sucks” as Trump continued.
“That’s what’s happening, they’re pushing people apart,” Trump said.
Trump later revived a familiar refrain, calling the press “the enemy of the people,” drawing a strong reaction from the crowd.
In the days since the pipe bomb mailings were first reported and those following Saturday’s shooting in Pittsburgh, Democrats and other critics have accused Trump’s often inflammatory rhetoric for sparking divisiveness and inciting violence, claims which Trump has deflected repeatedly.