In a platform meant to discuss conservative policy, Trump spent much of his speech attacking reporters he believes are “fake”. There seems to be no agreement on the actual definition of “conservatism”, when there is no consensus on what right should stand for, it’s smart politics to highlight what people stand against. Trump seems to dismiss any negative feedback against him as false. During his campaigns, he would regularly complain of unfair criticism from his opponents.
Hot Air reports:
He tries here to distinguish the “fake news media,” whom he calls enemies of the people, from the media writ large. The media is fine, he says; the fake news media are villains. Okay, but he’s tried at other times to erase the distinction between those two groups, like when he declared a few weeks ago that “any negative polls are fake news.” A poll that’s been manipulated to produce a bad result is fake news; a poll with a bad result that’s been conducted properly is just … a poll with a bad result. Trump confuses the two because he wants supporters to dismiss negative feedback about him as necessarily bogus, which is consistent with his approach during the campaign of complaining regularly about how “unfairly” various critics were treating him (the RNC, the media that couldn’t stop covering him, etc). There’s always been a vibe from him that criticism, except in extreme cases like the “Access Hollywood” tape, is necessarily illegitimate.
Trump further speculates that fake polls might have depressed turnout on Election Day by convincing some of his supporter that he had no chances of winning