White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley slammed the “complicit, compliant media” that panders to Democrats while lamenting the biased coverage President Donald Trump receives.
The White House spokesman called out the media’s descriptions of the president’s actions and remarks, contrasting with how Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are portrayed, during a discussion with Fox News’ Howard Kurtz on “MediaBuzz” Sunday.
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Speaking about Trump’s meeting with Pelosi last week that ended with him walking out, causing the Democrat to characterize the president as throwing a temper tantrum and questioning his mental acuity, Gidley acknowledged the difficulty of having to “vouch for the boss” in the face of “92 percent negative news coverage.”
“We have to vouch for him all of the time. It’s amazing how the media covers what he does and what he says in a slant that makes everything negative,” he told Kurtz, comparing how Trump was treated versus Pelosi.
“All they do is mischaracterize his demeanor and take whatever she says, lock, stock and barrel,” He said. “It would be so nice if we had a complicit, compliant media the way the Democrats do.”
After the president cut off the infrastructure meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi took to Twitter to reiterate her claims that Trump is engaged in an “unprecedented cover-up campaign of the facts.”
She also speculated that the president was “not up to the task” of figuring out the budget they were set to discuss, and “pulled a stunt” which she claimed was just a “distraction.”
Trump fired back in a tweet declaring he was “extremely calm” and pushed back against the “Rage narrative.”
I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media. Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway – Fake & Corrupt Press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2019
Kurtz asked Gidley about media coverage that claimed the president “stormed out of the meeting.”
“You can say he left the meeting, you can say he walked out — again, define abruptly,” Gidley said, noting the use of “editorialized words.”
“He gave his message and left the meeting, there was no time limit set beforehand,” he added. “He walked in and gave a statement to Nancy Pelosi who just minutes before had accused him of engaging in a cover-up, engaging in a crime with no truth or evidence.”
Gidley pointed out that “not one media member” asked Pelosi to prove her claims.
Kurtz wondered if Americans are tired of the “endless high school squabble” and “believe that nothing’s going to get done here in Washington for the next year and a half.”
“Listen, the entire press corps, with no proof and no evidence, the entire Democrat Party called him a liar, called him corrupt, accused him of treason, a crime punishable by death, for two years with zero proof and zero evidence,” Gidley replied.
“Anybody listening to our show today, listening to us speak, would be furious if they were accused of a crime for two years” which was then proven otherwise, he added, saying Americans are right to believe nothing gets done in Washington, D.C. due to the “gridlock between these polarized camps”