A Republican presidential nominee has accused “vicious” media outlets of attacking his candidacy, including the New York Times, CNN and NBC, in an effort to destroy his candidacy.
On Thursday, Donald Trump released a scathing attack on the Times, the Times’ chief political rival.
The billionaire businessman and former reality TV star was speaking at the Republican National Convention, where he made his first major speech since the Republican convention in Cleveland last month.
Trump, who is battling for the nomination for the first time, slammed the Times for not allowing him to attend the convention despite winning the state’s primary in June.
“We have the largest print circulation of any newspaper, in my opinion, anywhere, and they’re all vicious,” he said.
“The New York Post has had its front page, in other words, the front page of the country, since the beginning of time.
And the Washington Post, which I respect, has had a front page that’s been out for the last four years.”
Trump said he has never met the Times publisher and that his campaign has been plagued by a “massive amount of negative publicity” from the publication.
“I have no relationship whatsoever with the publisher of the New Yorker, and I don’t think the Washington Times is a good place to start,” Trump said.
He said the paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a Murdoch ally who has a long history of attacking Republicans.
“So I have no knowledge of Rupert Murdoch at all,” Trump continued.
“He is a friend of mine, and Rupert Murdoch is a very strong friend of ours.”
Trump’s remarks come after the Washington Examiner and The Wall Street Journal both published scathing pieces on the campaign, accusing the GOP nominee of a “campaign of lies, fabrication, smears and false claims.”
“We know that Trump’s campaign has used false and fraudulent claims, and has lied about millions of votes,” the newspaper wrote.
“We know the campaign has made up and fabricated a variety of attacks on Democrats and independent voters.”
Trump also attacked the New Republic, saying that its founder, Jack Goldsmith, had a long and storied history of supporting the Confederacy and his former editor, Jill Abramson, said Trump “was the one who tried to get us to join the Confederacy.”