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Former President Donald Trump called on his supporters to stage a boycott against AT&T during his raucous Texas rally on Saturday.

He urged the crowd to renounce the telecom giant after it announced its television provider DirecTV would drop right-wing broadcaster One America News.

Trump also lashed out at favorite punching bag CNN, which is owned by Time Warner — another AT&T company.

‘How bad, by the way, how bad and how fake is CNN?’ he said as the crowd cheered in agreement.

‘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.’

He said its removal was ‘purely political.’

‘People love it. People love it. And it’s got a big audience,’ Trump said

‘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.’

DirecTV announced on earlier this month that it would no longer carry OAN, as the Trump-friendly network grapples with multiple lawsuits over spreading 2020 election conspiracy theories.

The channel has also been heavily-criticized for spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

During the rally Trump took shots at the news media as a whole, declaring: ‘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. 

At another point in the rally Trump pledged to pardon people jailed for storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 while again teasing a potential 2024 bid.

‘If I run, and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly. We will treat them fairly,’ he said to enthusiastic applause.

‘If that requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly.’

He also took aim at the Democrat-led House committee investigating the riot before turning his anger back to how the detainees are being treated.

‘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 said.

It comes as the panel steadily encroaches further into the ex-president’s inner circle — earlier this month its chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson formally asked his elder daughter Ivanka Trump to cooperate with Congress’ investigation.

The telecom giant's television provider DirecTV said it would drop the right-wing network earlier this month

The telecom giant's television provider DirecTV said it would drop the right-wing network earlier this month

OAN was dropped for 'political' reasons, Trump said

OAN was dropped for 'political' reasons, Trump said

The telecom giant’s television provider DirecTV said it would drop the right-wing network earlier this month

Lawmakers on the panel have been frank about their search for Trump’s ties to the riot and what kind of a role he played in undermining the 2020 election.

Turning back to the imprisoned rioters, he said: ’We will treat them fairly and we will take care of the people of this country.’

Over the last 12 months, the DOJ has charged hundreds of people in connection with the insurrection.

Trump’s allies in Congress like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida have claimed to witness their alleged poor treatment firsthand and have referred to 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.

He pledged to pardon his supporters who were convicted in connection to the Capitol riot while yet again teasing a possible 2024 bid

He pledged to pardon his supporters who were convicted in connection to the Capitol riot while yet again teasing a possible 2024 bid

He pledged to pardon his supporters who were convicted in connection to the Capitol riot while yet again teasing a possible 2024 bid

Multiple Trump supporters told DailyMail.com they wanted the former president to run again

Multiple Trump supporters told DailyMail.com they wanted the former president to run again

Multiple Trump supporters told DailyMail.com they wanted the former president to run again

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.

Allies of the former president have accused Joe Biden's Justice Department for imprisoning the rioters for political reasons

Allies of the former president have accused Joe Biden's Justice Department for imprisoning the rioters for political reasons

Allies of the former president have accused Joe Biden’s Justice Department for imprisoning the rioters for political reasons

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.

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.

 

 

Source: dailymail

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