On Wednesday, Donald Trump did something shocking at his scheduled press conference. No, he didn’t admit that some Russian women peed in front of him and no, he didn’t fess up to his campaign directly contacting members of the Russian government as a recent report claims (in fact, he refused to answer that question). What Trump did may even seem minor to some. When CNN asked a question, he refused to answer and childishly called them “fake news.”
“I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies — who knows? — but maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that — a tremendous blot — because a thing like that should have never been written, it should never have been had and it should certainly never have been released,” Trump said during his speech, attacking CNN and Buzzfeed for reporting about the allegations. Trump blamed CNN for “going out of their way” to build up a report from Buzzfeed, which he called a “failing pile of garbage.”
“Since you’re attacking us, can you give us a question?” CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump, who passed him over. Acosta continued to press for Trump to treat them fairly, but the President-elect chose to punish them for doing their jobs (and insult them, to boot).
“Not you. Your organization is terrible,” Trump said, ordering Acosta not to “be rude.” Then Trump became really rude:
“No, I’m not gonna give you a question. I’m not gonna give you a question. You are fake news.”
This new right-wing tradition of calling everything that is inconvenient, like a report detailing the ways Trump’s campaign worked directly with Russia or that hilarious time Donald hired some ladies to pee for him, “fake news” is getting tiring. What is worse, though, is that we have an incoming President who does not believe in fair and equal treatment of media that criticizes him.
Watch Trump’s latest outburst here:
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