Wednesday morning Donald Trump held a press conference, his first in 5 months, where he denied recent sexual rumors, berated journalists, and admitted Russia was behind the election hacking.
A CNN reporter tried asking Trump a question.
“Your organization is terrible,” Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta when he tried to ask a question.
“You’re attacking us, can you give us a question?” Acosta replied.
“Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” Trump responded, before calling on a reporter from Breitbart.
According to Politico, Donald Trump filled the room with paid staffers who clapped and cheered as he blasted members of the media as purveyors of “fake news.”
The Greek chorus of loyal, paid staffers in the back of the room boosting Trump with their hoots and cheers also served as a reminder, of sorts, of the movement of Trump backers happy to take him at his word and jeer the media as the out-of-touch liars.
“It’s very familiar territory, news conferences,” said Trump, who has been more visible on Twitter than in person since Election Day, as he took the podium. His long absence was the media’s fault, he said, not his. “We stopped giving them because we’re getting quite a bit of inaccurate news,” he said, before calling Buzzfeed, the website that published the full 35-page unverified dossier of allegations against Trump, a “failing pile of garbage.”
Watch my words, Trump’s war with media will not go well. Trump is simply too thin skinned to handle the criticism.