Trump defends his Charlottesville response

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The Arizona Republican also blew off Trump's potential support for Flake's primary opponent Kelli Ward. "I really think they don't like our country, I really believe that".

Without mentioning their names, Trump criticized both McCain and his fellow Arizona Republican, Senator Jeff Flake.

Trump, who often uses news organizations as a foil, repeatedly singled out the media for criticism of how it covered the violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville and the resulting political fallout.

McCain was one of three GOP senators who voted against the repeal bill. "And now, see, I haven't mentioned any names, so now everybody's happy". "Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!"

Trump spent considerable time at his rally rehashing his remarks about Charlottesville - and blasting the "fake news" media for treating him unfairly. The first lie was that "the media" did not report his words about Charlottesville.

Later on in CNN's post-rally coverage, former director of national intelligence James Clapper called Trump's speech "downright scary and disturbing". I hit them with neo-Nazi.

"I don't worry about it at all", Flake said at an event Monday in the Phoenix suburbs, the Los Angeles Times reported. "I strongly condemn neo-Nazis, white Supremacists and the KKK".

Mocking those same establishment figures and talking about how he went to better schools than them, and is richer than them, he blamed everyone but himself for America's divisions.

Trump moved off the teleprompter and took out a clump of papers with a selection of his old statements on Charlottesville and, literally started reading them.

Trump also launched a series of verbal grenades at the media who were there covering his rally, which drew thousands on a day that hit 107 degrees outside.

"These are truly dishonest people". They are bad people. "Not only does the media give a platform to hate groups, but the media turns a blind eye to the gang violence on our streets", he tweeted later. And 3% of American voters said they "haven't heard enough" about Trump to say if they have a favorable or unfavorable view him. "Sheriff Joe can feel good".

And while President Donald Trump claimed the media never shows his crowds unless there's some kind of "anarchist" there, the above Associated Press photo at the top shows Mr. Trump arriving at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, on Tuesday, August 22.

Trump also threatened to shut down the government if Congress failed to fund his border wall, in which he blended into a message to "obstructionist" Democrats.

Trump touched on popular points from the campaign trail, such as renegotiating NAFTA, building a border wall and fighting illegal immigration, bringing back jobs to struggling American workers, "draining the swamp" in D.C. and tax reform.

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