U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Trump blames reporters for 'creating violence by not writing the truth'

Incident Details

ABC News
— ABC News
November 2, 2018

On Nov. 2, 2018, President Trump blamed ABC News’ Karen Travers, and other journalists, for “creating violence” by asking him tough questions.

As Trump walked to a helicopter on the White House lawn, Travers asked him about a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, which found that 49% of respondents believed that Trump had encouraged politically-motivated violence.

“Half of Americans think you’re encouraging politically-motivated violence through the way you speak,” Travers said.

“No, no, you’re creating violence by your question!” Trump replied, pointing at Travers. “You are creating — you — and also, a lot of the reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth. The fake news is creating violence.”

“And you know what, the people that support Trump, and the people that support us, which is a lot of people, most people, many people, those people know when a story is true and they know when a story is false,” he added. “And I’ll tell you what, if the media would write correctly, and write accurately, and write fairly, you’d have a lot less violence in the country.”

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