Trump calls America’s free press ‘the enemy of the people’

President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Tampa, Oct. 29, 2020. Credit: Screenshot, PBS News Hour.

In a rowdy campaign rally in Tampa, President Donald Trump continued his featured themes, from fake news to fears about a “crippling depression” if Joe Biden becomes president and the “misery of socialism.”

He also continued the usual name-calling, such as describing Biden, as “sleepy Joe.” Trump said he’s never been a fan of Biden, and described the former vice president as “not a nice guy; not a smart guy.”

In a sea of red, the crowd chanted “Four more years, four more years,” and waved signs, including, “Veterans for Trump” signs. Trump wore a red cap with his white lettered slogan: Make America Great Again.”

Trump continued to use the phrase “fake news,” and bashed the Pulitzer-Prize winning coverage of the New York Times. He also described journalists as “truly the enemy of the people,” and the audience cheered. The audience also cheered when Trump used the phrase fake news.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at the event, and Trump praised DeSantis as a great guy who doesn’t brag about his Harvard and Yale background.

The race remains tight in Florida, with Biden in a narrow lead.

Trump said at the rally that, “In five days from now, we are going to win Florida; we are going to win four more years in the White House.”

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.