After his arraignment in Manhattan on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump returned to Florida where he delivered a campaign speech to a group of supporters in the ballroom of Mar-a-Lago. However, unlike other news outlets that covered all or part of Trump’s remarks, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow announced to her audience that her network would not be airing the speech because it wasn’t “newsworthy.”
Maddow described Trump’s remarks as another “campaign speech” in which he will repeat “his same lies and allegations against his perceived enemies.”
Saying Trump’s speech will include his “normal list of grievances,” Maddow said MSNBC does not consider it “necessarily newsworthy.” She said MSNBC would pay a price for “knowingly broadcasting untrue things.” Maddow added that MSNBC would monitor the speech in case Trump says anything the network considers “newsworthy.”
Fox News aired Trump’s speech in its entirety while CNN aired most of it before cutting away before the end.
During his campaign speech, Trump railed against the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, describing Bragg’s case against him as the latest attempt by his opponents to stop him from becoming president again, according to CBS News.
The former president said it was disappointing that something like this could happen in this country and declared that the only crime he is guilty of is “fearlessly” defending the country from those who want to destroy it.
In addition to attacking Alvin Bragg, Trump also set his sights on special counsel Jack Smith, calling him a “lunatic.” He also directed his anger at the “Trump-hating judge” overseeing the case in Manhattan. He said now that he is running for president again, his opponents have “stepped up their efforts” against him.
Some of his most fervent supporters were in Mar-a-Lago for Trump’s speech, including Roger Stone, Arizona’s losing gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Republican Reps Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were also in attendance along with several members of the Trump family. Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and former First Lady Melania Trump skipped the campaign event.