U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to say that the media failed to mention the “big crowds” of supporters that lined his motorcade route in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
However, the motorcade wasn’t lined with just his supporters. In fact, many protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline actually turned up to voice their disapproval for the president’s approval of the pipeline construction.
A reporter for local ABC station WPBF, Jimmie Johnson Jr., was quick to call the president out on his false statement, saying “Sorry Mr. President, but not true!”
Sorry Mr. President, but not true! https://t.co/We9W9mEpDh
— Jimmie Johnson Jr. (@wpbf_jimmie) February 12, 2017
Local Fox station WSNV even reported that in one location there were dozens of protesters with only a “handful” of Trump supporters.
— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) February 12, 2017
Despite this, the president has yet to accept his faults and continues to perpetuate the lie that the media falsely reported on the crowds surrounding his motorcade as he set out to return to Washington.
Unfortunately, this is rather unsurprising for Mr. Trump. His war with the media has continued to gain strength as many of his supporters latch onto his claims that the media is “dishonest” and that respected media outlets are “fake news.”
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, while usually silent with the press besides conservative news site Breitbart, said to a New York Times reporter that,
“the media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. I want you to quote me on this. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”