Donald Trump took the state in Billings, Montana on Thursday night for yet another campaign-style rally where he launched an attack on Democrats, the media, and even his own best buddy Sean Hannity while sharing his praise for dictators like Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.
Trump sarted off by criticizing Hannity for being too critical of him and claimed that he will have a talk with the Fox News host about the matter.
“Do we love Sean Hannity, by the way?” Trump began saying. “I love him.”
But Trump’s tone quickly changed.
“But here’s the only part,” the president continued. “He puts up all these losers that say horrible things – I’ve got to talk to him– one after another. ‘Donald Trump, he’s lost it up here.’ You know, it is pretty tough. I stand up here giving speeches for an hour and a half – many times without notes – and then they say, ‘he’s lost it.’ And yet we have 25,000 people showing up to speeches.”
He then switched his attack on the media by calling them out during his speech.
“And, by the way, look at all the fake news back there,” Trump said.
It’s typical of Trump to attack the media outlets he doesn’t like. He does it quite often. But attacking Hannity is another story. As Salon’s Joseph Neese previously reported, Trump and the Fox News star “frequently partake in pillow talk,” and their “not-so-secret bromance is reportedly maintained by virtue of late-night phone calls, which routinely hit the White House switchboard after Hannity’s 9 p.m. ET broadcast wraps. Albeit the duo is said to be known to chat ‘multiple’ times a day.”
Trump’s attacks didn’t stop with the media. He went on to attack Democrats, describing them as “sick.”
Trump was referring to the hearing of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
“He’s doing really well,” Trump said of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “But do you believe the anger and the meanness on the other side? Sick – it’s sick!”
— ABC News (@ABC) September 7, 2018
Not only did Trump attack his own country’s media and lawmakers, but he went on to praise dictators.
“[Kim Jong-Un] likes me. I like him,” the president said. “Who knows what is going to happen!”
“One of my best meetings ever was with Vladimir Putin, and they said, ‘He was too nice,’” Trump told his supporters. “They wanted me to have a boxing match on this stage.”
Trump describes Helsinki summit with Putin as one of his best meetings ever. pic.twitter.com/aAE1MdnPKk
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 7, 2018