Trump claims news media turned off cameras at rally as live coverage goes uninterrupted

The Hill Auto 14 months ago

President Trump on Tuesday claimed that news outlets covering his rally in Phoenix, Ariz. were turning off their cameras to stop filming after he criticized the media.

"It's time to expose the crooked media deceptions, and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions and yes, by the way – and yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage," he said during his rally.

"Look back there: the live red lights, they're turning those suckers off fast," Trump continued. "They're turning those lights off fast. Like CNN. CNN does not want its falling viewership to watch what I'm saying tonight."

However no major news outlet's coverage of the rally stopped and no livestream of the president's speech appeared to be cut off, as Trump suggested.

Trump railed against the news media on Tuesday in a fiery, campaign-style speech Tuesday on immigration and his response to violence in Charlottesville, Va. last week.

The Associated Press reported that several hundred Trump supporters were lined up to enter the rally by 7 p.m., while other pool reporters noted that hundreds had also gathered outside to protest.

Most demonstrations were reportedly peaceful, with few clashes between the two sides. According to the Associated Press skirmishes included some minor pushing and shoving.

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