President Trump was defending his constant sparring with reporters, saying, “If I was kind to them, I’d be walked off the stage.”
Speaking with moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum during Fox News’s virtual Town Hall, the president raised the point, “I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen.”
The president was asked a question submitted by Carolyn Perkins, a retired nurse and elementary school guidance counselor urging him to hold on to the “wonderful attributes that make you our great leader,” instead of using “descriptive words that can be classified as bullying.”
“The closest will be that gentleman up there,” he continued, gesturing toward the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. “They say nobody got treated worse than Lincoln … I believe I am treated worse. You see those press conferences. They come at me with questions that are disgraceful … their manner of presentation and their words. I feel if I was kind to them, I would be walked off the stage.”
“They come at you with the most horrible horrendous biased questions,” Trump said. “You see it. 94 to 95 percent of the press is hostile, and yet … we have tremendous support … but the media might as well be in the Democrat Party.”
He continued, “I appreciate the question, and I very much appreciate the sentiment behind the question—but I’m standing up there and instead of asking me a normal question, the level of anger and hatred …” before trailing off.
President Trump is proud of his achievements, which are “more than any other president in history,” however he has been met with a “very hostile press,” as he put it.
“I look at them and say, what is your problem? I think we have done more than any other president in the history of our country.”
“We rebuilt our military. We had the biggest tax cut in history … yet we have a very hostile press,” President Trump continued, “Nobody has seen anything like this.”