Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a not a fan of the media; this is a certainty.
At a rally on Monday night in South Carolina, the real-estate mogul expressed his well-known feelings of disdain for the “dishonest media.” Trump, not one to hold back, (ever, about anything), labeled the media “scum” and called out NBC reporter Katy Tur in particular as “third rate” for reporting that he was forced to leave a rally early because of Black Lives Matter protesters—which in Trump’s defense, was totally baseless and never happened, according to video footage.
“The mainstream media want to surrender the Constitution,” Trump told his huge audience at the rally. He added, “These people back here are the worst. They are so dishonest … 70 to 75 percent are absolutely dishonest. Absolute scum. Remember that. Scum. Scum. Totally dishonest people.”
Then Trump singled out Tur: “She’s back there, little Katy,” Trump said. “What a lie it was … what a lie it was for NBC to have written that. Total lies … a third rate reporter. Remember that. Third rate.”
Trump, who has been labeled the “Teflon Don” by many since nothing he says seems to "stick" and negatively affect his poll numbers, has been under mounting scrutiny in recent days. Monday, the candidate announced an attention-grabbing proposed policy to temporarily bar all Muslims from coming to the United States; and at this same rally in South Carolina, Trump called to “close up” the internet.
“These people back here are the worst. They are so dishonest … 70 to 75 percent are absolutely dishonest. Absolute scum. Remember that. Scum. Scum. Totally dishonest people.”
Donald Trump on the media
Time will tell if the over-the-top, unfiltered statements which tend to speak to a larger truth will actually hurt Mr. Trump’s numbers.