​"This will be another great chance for president Trump to connect directly with patriotic Americans without the filter of the fake news media..."


​​President Donald Trump's reelection campaign sent out a press release Friday morning that in passing mocked "the fake news media," less than 24 hours after a shooter murdered 5 journalists in an Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper.


The message announced an upcoming "Make America Great Again" rally in Great Falls, Montana on July 5

​"This will be another great chance for president Trump to connect directly with patriotic Americans without the filter of the fake news media to celebrate all of the successes of the Trump agenda," Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for Trump's reelection pac, is quoted in the statement.

​The day before, a man ​opened fire in the Annapolis offices of the Capital Gazette, killing 5 and injuring two more.

​The shooter, Ramos Cortez, appears to have developed ​an obsession with the Gazette ever since a former columnist reported on Cortez's criminal record more than 10 years ago


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Though the attack appears to have been inspired by Cortez's own madness, many commenters viewed it in the broader context of an increasingly poisonous rhetoric used by the president and his supporters against the news media.

In a rally earlier this week, Trump once again called the media "the enemy the people." Taking the message to heart, a few of his supporters ​even heckled CNN reporter Jim Accosta.

​The next day, former Republican congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh assailed the president's media fixation.

​Some (perhaps naively) have hoped that the Annapolis attack would at least serve as an excuse to deescalate this sort of antagonistic ​rhetoric.

But that's unlikely: According to a Quinnipiac poll from June 17, a majority of Republicans agree with the president and view the media as "enemy of the people."

​​Given that, there's no reason to expect a course correction from the Trump White House on its journalist-bashing language.