Donald Trump falsely claims that the media is covering up terrorist activities in Europe

Following in Kellyanne Conway's footsteps, Trump insists the media isn't reporting terrorist attacks

By Matthew Rozsa
Published February 6, 2017 9:22PM (EST)
 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

During a speech on Monday to members of the military at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, President Donald Trump baselessly claimed that the media doesn't cover terrorist attacks that occur in Europe.

“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported," Trump complained. "In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that."

Earlier in the speech, Trump argued that "we're up against an enemy that celebrates death and totally worships destruction" and that "radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando, to San Bernardino and all across Europe." He also cited terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice.

Trump warned "these forces of death and destruction" that "America and its allies will defeat you" and that the United States must prevent "people who want to destroy us and destroy our country" from entering.

Trump's comments are reminiscent of controversial remarks made by his adviser Kellyanne Conway on Thursday night. Like Trump, she claimed that the media wasn't covering major terrorist attacks, although unlike the president she cited an attack that had never actually happened.

"I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a 6-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre," Conway said on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews." "It didn’t get covered."

Ironically, Trump himself has been criticized for ignoring a terrorist attack perpetrated in Quebec last month by a white supremacist.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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