Rally Reaction: Independents Give Trump Thumbs-Down for 'Fake News' Attacks
Independent voters were turned off big time by President Trump's attacks on the "fake news" media during his campaign-style rally on Tuesday night.
Lee Carter of Maslansky & Partners joined "Fox & Friends" this morning to show us the voter dials, which measure the instant reactions of Republican, Democrat and independent voters.
Trump devoted a large portion of his speech to blasting the mainstream media for its coverage of his response to the Charlottesville white supremacist rally.
Last night in Phoenix I read the things from my statements on Charlottesville that the Fake News Media didn't cover fairly. People got it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017
"For the most part, honestly, these are really, really dishonest people, and they're bad people," said Trump, accusing the media of attacking "the decency" of his supporters.
"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, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage," said Trump.
At one point, Trump nodded with approval as the crowd chanted "CNN sucks."
Carter said these attacks on the media go over big with his base, but independents and Democrats rated it with a D on the dials.
"He's losing those fence-sitters and that's going to be really important for him moving forward. They want to hear about health care, tax reform and they want to see things getting done. They don't want to hear blame games," she said.
Carter noted the stark divisions in the country, evidence by voters' reactions to a seemingly non-controversial message by Trump.
"It's time for all of us to remember we are all on the same team. We are all Americans and we all believe right now in America first," he told the crowd.
But Carter said independents and Democrats rated that line with a C grade, showing that "right off the bat people were just not willing to listen."
Watch the analysis above.