Donald Trump was introduced in front of a small crowd in Melbourne by Melania Trump, who forced the attendees to listen to The Lord’s Prayer after she and her husband stepped off Air Force One on Saturday afternoon.
The First Lady, rambled a bit before promising to ‘stay true to myself and be truthful to you’ and told the audience, ‘my husband is creating a country of great safety and prosperity’.
The rally was almost identical in rhetoric to his 2016 campaign events that focused on bringing back jobs and increasing national security. Unsurprisingly, this rally had a heavier focus on bashing press coverage than before.
Trump then spoke about Thomas Jefferson and his distrust of media by taking the Founding Father’s quote wildly out of context.
About the press, Trump said: ‘They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said, “nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle,” that was June 14, my birthday, 1807.’
As Politifact points out, Jefferson wasn’t typically adversarial towards the press. He also wrote in 1787: ‘The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right.’
Demonstrators showed up outside the hanger in Florida to protest President Trump, specifically his controversial immigrant ban.