In Ohio, Trump takes vic­tory lap

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Wag­ner and Jenna John­son

About 300 miles from Wash­ing­ton, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Tues­day night of­fered a view of his pres­i­dency free of what he called the “fake-news fil­ter.”

Over the course of nearly an hour, Trump touted the work of his ad­min­is­tra­tion in get­ting gang mem­bers and other il­le­gal im­mi­grants “the hell out of our coun­try,” and he promised a con­tin­u­ing crack­down on sanc­tu­ary cities.

Trump said he was work­ing hard on “the sin­gle big­gest tax cut in Amer­i­can his­tory,” and he re­it­er­ated plans to spur $1 trillion in new spend­ing on the coun­try’s roads, bridges and other ail­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

And here in the heart of the in­dus­trial Mid­west, Trump promised to re­fill lost man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in fac­to­ries or to “rip ’em down and build brand-new ones.”

“That’s what’s go­ing to hap­pen,” Trump said at a rally in a packed hockey arena that holds 7,000 peo­ple.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore a crowd of ador­ing sup­port­ers, the pres­i­dent was far re­moved from the chal­lenges of the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion and other vex­ing is­sues that have con­trib­uted to the low­est job ap­proval rat­ing for a U.S. pres­i­dent at this point in his ten­ure.

When re­minders of those trou­bles sur­faced, they were quickly whisked away. That in­cluded a young pro­tester who un­furled a Rus­sian flag and who was wres­tled out of the arena by lo­cal po­lice.

“Boy, he’s a young one, he’s go­ing back home to mommy,” the pres­i­dent de­clared to the de­light of the crowd. “He’s in trou­ble. And I bet his mommy voted for us.”

It was clear from the out­set of his re­marks that Trump was in his el­e­ment, ap­pear­ing, as he has in other cam­paign ral­lies since tak­ing of­fice, in a state where he pre­vailed in last year’s elec­tion over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“I’m here this evening to cut through the fake-news fil­ter and speak di­rectly to the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” Trump said in the first of many shots at the me­dia, which he later dubbed as the “fake, fake, fake news.”

As he started to de­tail his achieve­ments, Trump of­fered an as­sess­ment of his work that he said he knew the me­dia — whom he called “a dis­hon­est group of peo­ple” — would not share.

“I think, with few ex­cep­tions, no pres­i­dent has done any­where near what we’ve done in his first six months,” Trump as­serted.

“But they don’t let you know,” he said, mo­tion­ing to­ward the me­dia as­sem­bled in front of him. “They don’t want to write about it.”

Trump re­flected on how he is per­ceived by some of his crit­ics.

“Some­times they say: ‘He doesn’t act pres­i­den­tial,’” Trump re­layed. “And I say: ‘Hey look, great schools, smart guy, it’s so easy to act pres­i­den­tial, but that’s not go­ing to get it done.’ ... It’s much eas­ier, by the way, to act pres­i­den­tial than what we’re do­ing here tonight.”

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