Major mainstream media networks opted not to televise former President Donald Trump’s Tuesday evening speech and “big announcement”; the gala event took place at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The Washington Examiner noted that ABC, CBS, MSNBC and NBC determined that a former president declaring his intent to run for the highest office in the land in 2024 was not newsworthy.
Rather than televising the event, ABC aired “Bachelor in Paradise,” CBS aired its drama “FBI” and NBC aired its science fiction series “La Brea.”
Trump spoke to a packed house for approximately one hour — noting how President Biden had put America in “grave danger” and emphasizing that the path to recovery will require not just a good president but “a movement” of “tens of millions of patriots.”
Trump is the first to announce his candidacy — he and his family have warned others not to challenge him in the primary. If successful, Trump will be the first president to come back after two impeachments, multiple legal suits and an election loss.
Trump maintains that Democrats have launched a series of “witch hunts” against him to thwart his efforts to make a comeback
CNN and Fox News aired most of the speech live, but both networks cut away before it was over to resume their regular coverage. Several online outlets streamed the event in its entirety.
ABC reporter Olivia Rubin posted to Twitter a brief video that seemingly shows several dozen participants at the Trump event attempting to leave early. Event staff prohibited participants from leaving during the speech due to security precautions. Rubin’s video garnered more than 1.5 million views in 14 hours.
Speaking in advance of the Tuesday evening event, Trump said: “Hopefully, tomorrow will turn out to be one of the most important days in the history of our country!”