Donald Trump said Wednesday he’d ignore the “fake news” media entirely, if elected to a second presidential term.
If Trump stopped fighting with the media, would he still be Trump?
WHAT HE SAID
Asked by Fox News host Sean Hannity what he’d do differently in a second term, Trump said he “would really not focus on [the media] almost at all” and “just focus on getting the job done for the American people.”
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Trump suggested fixating on the press is a waste of time because “they’re very dishonest, they write opposite things, they have sources that aren’t sources.”
- “I think really I’d focus on getting the job done, getting our country back. Our country has never been in a position than it is right now,” he told Hannity.
- “We’re disrespected all over the world. We no longer have respect. And I would really be focused on that, just bringing our country back, getting it back to where we had it.”
WHAT ELSE HE SAID
As usual, Trump’s primetime appearance produced a variety of memorable and controversial soundbites
ON UKRAINE: Trump ticked off anti-interventionist right-wingers by appearing to agree with President Biden’s off-the-cuff characterization of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “genocide.”
- “What’s going on in Ukraine, that’s genocide,” Trump said.
- “If you’re like, ‘what’s the problem with [what Trump said]?’ you probably shouldn’t be voting, honestly. I guess you missed Biden stepping in it this week, and why it was a clusterf*ck,” tweeted David Reaboi, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and populist conservative pundit.
ON WINDMILLS: “Millions and millions of dollars are being charged on windmills because they’re killing the bald eagle and other eagles and other birds,” Trump said while criticizing Biden’s emphasis on “green energy” in response to a global energy crisis.
- “The environmentalists pretend they love [windmills] but they’re really hurting our country,” Trump added. “They’re driving down values. They’re just absolutely killing us. It’s one of the most expensive forms of energy. The turbines are all made in China or Germany.”
- Last Tuesday, a federal court fined ESI Energy more than $8 million for operating wind farms that resulted in the deaths of at least 150 eagles killed by wind turbines, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
WE’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN WE SEE IT
Could Trump really resist talking about the media when doing so has been central to his rhetorical approach?
- According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker database, between Jun. 2015 and Jan. 2021 alone, Trump denounced the media from his Twitter account 2,520 times.