Harrisburg, PA — President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office Saturday by traveling to Harrisburg to rally with his core supporters in lieu of attending the White House Correspondent’s dinner.
Trump played to the packed New Holland Arena, highlighting his accomplishments and reiterating campaign themes, all while holding no bars in expressing his displeasure with the media.
“Now before we talk about my first 100 days, which has been very exciting and very productive,” Trump said, “let’s rate the media’s first 100 days.”
He then mentioned some of his biggest detractors, calling CNN and MSNBC “fake news,” inciting a “CNN sucks” chant and attributing The New York Times’ shift to the internet to the poor job they did covering the election — and middle America in general — in his eyes.
“If the media’s job is to be honest and tell the truth, then I think we would all agree, the media deserves a very, very big fat failing grade,” Trump said to a chorus of boos.
The president discussed his unprecedented absence from the White House Correspondent’s dinner, saying he would rather spend his time with his supporters than with Hollywood actors and Washington media who were consoling themselves at a glitzy event in the nation’s capital.
Trump also touched on some hot-button issues like his reluctance to name China a currency manipulator, explicitly telling the crowd that it would be unrealistic to ask for the nation’s help regarding North Korea while addressing the issue in the same breath. He also teased a possible negotiation regarding the Paris climate accorded.
“I’ll be making a big decision on the Paris accord over the next two weeks, and we will see what happens,” Trump said.
But much of the evening was spent celebrating his accomplishments. Though political opponents such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say the president has kept only a small fraction of his promises for the first 100 days so far, Trump touted what he called strong foundations regarding international relationships, the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the fact that illegal immigration is down 67 percent since he took office and his historically high amount of executive order signings in the 100-day timeframe.
He also made more promises to the crowd, which included his desire to continue the push for a healthcare overhaul and the construction of his border wall.
“If the Democrats knew what the hell they were doing, they would approve [the wall], Trump said. “Obviously they don’t mind illegals pouring in, the drugs pouring in.”
“It is time for all of us to remember that we are one people with one great American destiny, and that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, and we all share the same glorious freedoms of our magnificent country.”