On Saturday, during his raucous rallies in Texas, former President Donald Trump called upon his supporters to stage a boycott against AT&T.
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During the event, he called for people to renounce the telecommunications giant after it was announced that its television provider DirecTV would drop right-wing broadcaster One America News from its lineup.
As well as CNN, Trump took a shot at Time Warner, another AT&T parent company.
‘How bad, by the way, how bad and how fake is CNN?’ he said, to the cheers of the crowd.
‘So One America News, which is wonderful, they’re gonna shut it down. And if they shut down OAN, you should boycott AT&T and DirecTV.’
According to him, its removal was ‘purely political.’
‘People love it. People love it. And it’s got a big audience,’ Trump stated
‘Boycott Comcast and Xfinity while you’re at it – I call it con, c-o-n con-cast, ‘cause it’s a con job. because they’re no good.’
It was announced earlier this month that DirecTV would be dropping OAN from its lineup due to the network’s multiple lawsuits regarding the ‘spread of conspiracy theories’ regarding the 2020 presidential election.
Additionally, liberals have accused the channel of spreading inaccurate information about COVID-19.
In the midst of the rally, Trump took a few shots at the news media in general, saying: ‘We no longer have a free and fair press — if we did all of this would end.’
‘Our corrupt media is going to destroy our country if we don’t do something about it,’ Trump said later.
During the rally, Trump again teasing a potential 2024 bid, he promised to pardon people jailed for storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021..
‘If I run, and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly,’ he declared.
‘If that requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly.’
Afterwards, he turned his anger back toward the way the detainees are being treated before taking aim at the Democrat-led House committee investigating the riot.
‘This hasn’t happened to all of the other atrocities that took place recently, what that un-select committee is doing and what the people are doing who are running those prisons — it’s a disgrace,’ Trump sated.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel’s chairman, earlier this month asked his elder daughter Ivanka Trump to cooperate with Congress’ investigation, the latest sign that the panel is encroaching into the ex-president’s inner circle.
Several members of the panel have been forthright regarding their search for ties between Trump and the riot and what kind of role Trump played in undermining the 2020 election.
As he turned to the rioters who were being held, he said: ’We will treat them fairly and we will take care of the people of this country.’
Hundreds of people have been charged with insurrection-related crimes by the DOJ in the past 12 months.
Representatives such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida claim to have witnessed firsthand their alleged poor treatment and have described them as ‘political prisoners.’
Trump’s supporters began arriving to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Saturday morning as the sun shone brightly in a cloudless sky.
One rally-goer, Tony Kraut from Dallas, said he wanted to see the former president launch a re-election bid in 2024.
‘He’s such a dynamic guy and he’s working for free, he’s not working for a paycheck, and he’s the only president who’s ran for presidency that’s not doing it for political gain. He’s doing it to protect our freedoms, protect our country, protect our borders — it’s like you and I protect our household,’ Kraut told DailyMail.com.
A Trump supporter named Melissa Jamerson, who said Saturday’s rally was her first, insisted she wanted the former president back sooner.
‘I want him back, like, right now,’ she said, adding that he could count on her vote in the next presidential election.
But not every fan in attendance felt the same — a voter who only identified himself as Rod from Montgomery County said he’s ‘not real sure’ he wants to see Trump run for president again.
‘He’ll be 80. I think that’s probably a little too old. I think he’s got plenty of time to get someone — a good successor with good views,’ Rod said.
He said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis could pick up the mantle.
Cody and Cheyenne of Conroe said they ‘absolutely’ wanted Trump to run in 2024, but wanted Republicans to focus on the economy, the border and job growth in the much nearer midterm elections in November.
The former president released a statement on Saturday morning touting how many of his supporters had already gathered at the Montgomery County Fairground ahead of his evening rally.
‘Big crowd already gathering in Texas for tonight, see you there!’ Trump said.
Trump collected some serious money ahead of his Conroe rally, hosting a $100,000 per couple lunch and a second fundraiser on Saturday before he took the stage. The money is for a new political action committee, Make America Great Again Again.
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The former president charged couples $100,000 to join him and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for lunch in Houston, at an undisclosed location.
The Houston Chronicle reported it was to be followed by a $5,000 a couple reception at Lake Conroe, where hosts include Major League Baseball legend Roger Clemens and state Attorney General Ken Paxton. Donors could pay as much as $50,000 to join a roundtable discussion.
And he dropped into an event hosted by his son Don Jr called the American Freedom Tour.
The visit marks Trump’s first visit to Texas in two years, to the reddest county in a state where Democrats are making inroads.
His campaign-style rally in Texas on Saturday comes ahead of the state’s March 1 elections that formally kick off the midterm primary season.