The Trump campaign wants the president’s supporters to help name the “King of Fake News” to close out 2017.
The Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint fundraising committee between President Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee, sent an email to supporters requesting their help in rating the “most Fake News stories of 2017.”
“At President Trump’s request, we are holding a contest to name the 2017 KING of Fake News. And we want to hear from you,” the email states.
Trump suggested in a tweet last month there should be a competition to determine which network, with the exception of Fox News, should receive a “Fake News Trophy” based on its coverage of Trump.
“We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!” he tweeted.
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
The fundraising email sent Thursday includes a link to a poll to “Crown the King of Fake News” that includes three options and the opportunity to suggest a story that isn’t listed.
Supporters are encouraged to choose whether each of the stories are “fake news,” “faker news,” fakest news,” or “other.”
The options are: ABC News’ incorrect report stating Trump told former national security adviser Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the November election; CNN’s inaccurate story claiming Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were given access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks before they were made public; and Time’s incorrect article accusing the president of removing a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
“Americans are sick and tired of being lied to, insulted, and treated with outright condescension,” the email continues. “That’s why President Trump is crowning the 2017 King of Fake News before the end of the year. There’s no point in pretending that some journalists are anything more than peddlers of falsehoods and liberal propaganda.”