NEWTOWN, Pa. — Donald Trump on Friday held three rallies in North Carolina and Pennsylvania in which he compared the inaccurate early predictions of Britain's "Brexit" to his own campaign, and continued his attack on the media.
The Republican nominee, down in the polls, predicted the U.S. presidential election would be "beyond Brexit," "Brexit plus" and finally "Brexit times five." Voters in the U.K. in June voted to leave the European Union in a result that defied predictions.
Trump over the summer and in early fall has been fond of telling crowds that he correctly predicted the outcome of that referendum, and reminds his audiences that just as no one saw the decision to leave the EU coming, so too could polls in the U.S. be proven wrong.
Trump also railed against a "rigged system" designed to keep him from the White House, igniting his supporters into boo-filled roars against the media.
"They’re the most dishonest people," Trump said of the media. Boos turned to chants of "CNN sucks."
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Later, as he was closing, Trump boomeranged back for one last jab at the press. "Too bad they won’t write and speak honestly about it," he said, referencing what he called a political movement. "It would actually make for much better television."
As he did at a rally earlier, Trump discussed his plan to rebuild the Navy — a plan with personalized Philly-area flair.
"I will instruct my Secretary of the Navy to study locations like Philadelphia with a long history of service to our military and proximity to vibrant industry, and find ways to involve them in the national effort," Trump said. Other places he mentioned were the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.