Real estate magnate and reality television star Donald Trump shredded liberals in the media who are “dishonest” on a conference call with grassroots activists nationwide from Tea Party Patriots on Sunday night, saying he’s planning to start calling out specific reporters for their inaccurate articles.
“One of the things that the Tea Party has to be careful of is the dishonest press,” Trump said on the call, which is closed to media but Breitbart News was providing exclusive access to it.
It’s so dishonest. They don’t cover certain people accurately. We had something with Citizens United and David Bossie and it was the biggest thing they ever had—and they [the media] don’t even report on it.
I walked into the room—you couldn’t even walk in the hallway, it was so crowded, and he said there has never been anything like it. Frankly, it was incredible in a certain way. But the media didn’t report it. You have to be really, really careful with the press—not all of them, because I know some great reporters. But I’m going to start naming names because it really is incredible how dishonest the press is.”
Trump added that he doesn’t think the Tea Party movement has gotten a fair shake in the press, and that’s why he’s stood up for conservatives for years.
“I’ve always been the biggest advocate and a person who’s stuck up for the Tea Party to this day and I view it as just amazing people who work hard and want to see this country be great again,” Trump said. “I feel very strongly about that, I’ve been a long time fan and I think you know that better than anybody Jenny Beth [Martin].”
“Yes I do and we certainly appreciate that very much,” Martin, Tea Party Patriots’ co-founder, said in response during the call. “And we all have learned you certainly have to be careful with the press because they take things and they twist it and there are other times when they just make things up to suit their own agenda.”
In response to that, Trump said some in the media will make things up—or twist them out of context—to attack conservatives.
“That’s true. They will literally make things up,” Trump said.
They will take things out of context. Report a quarter of a sentence when you have a qualification on a long-running sentence—they’ll take just the part that they’re talking about and won’t put a qualification in. These are really dishonest people.
Now, again, not in all cases—but in many cases, really dishonest people. I’ve dealt with the press all my life and I’ve done fine with the press. I’ve known that they’re dishonest, and I’ve known about some high-quality people also, but I think in the world of politics I’ve met the most dishonest reporters I’ve met in any place. I think the Tea Party has been treated very, very unfairly over the years and I think that your strength is greater than even you know—there’s a great, great strength.
Martin introduced Trump, a potential 2016 presidential candidate who just hired one of the top grassroots activists in Iowa—Chuck Laudner—as “the very definition of the American success story.”
After walking through his business background and all his bestselling books, she noted that Trump’s first book, The Art of the Deal, is “considered a business classic and one of the best books of all time.”
Trump kicked off the conference call by mocking the left for pushing Global Warming.
“It’s snowing in New York and the airports are all closed and despite all of this global warming we are all hearing about—which is absolutely wild—the airports are just freezing,” Trump said. “Some cities are snowed in and more snow is coming. They’re setting a record for cold, so they’re lucky they changed the term for Global Warming to something else as you know because what’s going on now is incredible.”
He also discussed the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, which he spoke at, taking some more jabs at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
“I really enjoyed it [CPAC]. They worked very hard,” Trump said.
I think that—I was very surprised at Bush because he got a modest set of applause and he’s very much in favor of education’s Common Core and he’s very weak on immigration, and I was actually surprised that he wants to give people who come into the country illegally Social Security and he wants to give them education.
The whole thing is ridiculous. If you’re coming to other places, they throw you out of the country but if you’re coming here they want to give you all sorts of advantages that will obviously lead ultimately to citizenship—that’ll be the next thing.
Later, Trump noted that Bush’s place in the straw poll—fifth place with 8.3 percent—came largely because of the fact he had to bus people in from K Street to vote for him and cheer for him in the crowd when he was getting booed. Trump finished eighth with 3.5 percent of the vote.
“I didn’t have buses all over the place—we didn’t do anything—and I came in ahead of a lot of the other primary candidates,” Trump said.
Trump also called on Republicans in Congress to hang tough to block funding for President Barack Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty. “The Republicans are so—I’m a Republican and I’m a very conservative person, and I wrote the book The Art of The Deal,” Trump said.
I’ve made a lot of money making deals. I’m very good at making deals, including deals against China and other countries that are just ripping us off. I’ve make a lot of money against China which you’ll see as I go along in this process because as far as I’m concerned it’s one of my greatest qualifications but the whole DHS funding and the whole illegal executive order, the Republicans should not fund unless they get rid of this executive order.
People are pouring across the border by the thousands, by the hundreds of thousands, and they’re just pouring across—we don’t know who they are, we don’t know where they come from, we know nothing about them.
Trump said he’s upset Republicans in Congress are seeming to cave again, though.
“I’m so disappointed that the Republicans seem to be once again cratering on the whole thing with the funding because this is the one time—we have only a short period of time [to stop this]—and believe me the last thing the president wants is to go to war on this thing,” Trump added. “I think the Republicans have all the cards and they’re not using them and they’re being conned by the Democrats.”