Donald Trump fought against the media’s lies about him and his campaign at his rally at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA.
Trump is repeatedly portrayed as cold, soulless, racist, and sexist. Because of his brash personality and willingness to speak his mind, the media has taken snippets of his quotes, taken them out of context, and has used them against him. He’s still continues to fight an uphill battle in the wake of the negativity he’s faced against Khazir Khan.
At his rally, Trump welcomed the diverse group of people from Loudon County who packed in the school auditorium with a deep thank you. Before he launched into his speech, he thanked a special attendee.
“A man came up to me and gave me his Purple Heart,” Trump said. He asked Lt. Col. Lewis Dorfman if that was his real award. Dorfman said it was because he believes in Trump enough to give up his most prized military service award.
Trump honored Dorfman and welcomed him to the stage. The audience applauded. While Trump invited Dorfman to say a few words, Dorfman politely declined and returned to the audience.
Trump addressed the negativity he’s been facing his entire campaign.
“If you’re rich and successful, you can’t run for office because you’re a joke,” Trump said. Even though Trump has sold himself on being a self-funded candidate, he acknowledged the real enemy he’s faced—the media.
He referred back to his RNC speech he gave 2 weeks ago and addressed the hate he faced.
“The haters said, ‘the delivery was good but it was dark.’ I talk about radical Islamic terrorists. I talk about drugs being poured in across the border. I talk about police being shot. I talk about veterans being treated horribly…. Veterans are great people and that’s why Lt. Col. Dorfman gave his Purple Heart to me,” Trump said. Trump said the reason for his speech being perceived as dark was because he addressed important threats the country faces.
Trump called out two media outlets for spreading lies about him—CNN and the New York Times.
“CNN treats me so badly. I don’t even watch them anymore. You have learn how to have a strong mind, which means turning off the media,” Trump said. “[The New York Times] is so dishonest. They lie about me and they are crying for Hillary to win.” Trump described the New York Times as a dying publication that is scraping for more money but never made any belligerently negative accusations about any of the publications who portray him unjustly.
Despite Trump’s calm composure and positive, can-do attitude during his speech, a group of young adults started taking off their button down shirts to reveal white t-shirts with “Black Lives Matter” drawn across them in sharpie. Once the young adults started chanting, the security guards escorted the group out and the group was immediately silenced. Trump continued to speak despite the protestor’s feeble attempt at making a scene.
Trump was mildly interrupted when a baby started crying in the audience and when the mother started carrying the baby out of the auditorium. He responded with, “Don’t worry about the baby. I love babies. They’re all beautiful.”