Former President Donald Trump ripped AT&T and called on his fans to boycott the telecommunications giant in a statement on Sunday after its television provider DirecTV announced it would drop One America News Network.
He also lambasted Comcast – the parent company of NBC News, which he called “Con-cast” – and urged fans to drop it as well.
It comes after a similar call at his raucous rally in Texas on Saturday, where OAN’s owner was in attendance.
“AT&T is shutting down the hugely popular One America News Network (OAN) because too many people are watching,” Trump said via his Save America PAC.
“They couldn’t take it anymore. Conservatives/Republicans should boycott Direct TV, and while you’re at it, Concast’s Xfinity as well. It’s radical left lunatics who are destroying our nation!
The former president again called for a boycott of AT&T after doing so at his Saturday rally
At the rally, Trump also lambasted CNN’s favorite punching bag, which is owned by Time Warner – another AT&T company.
‘How, by the way, how bad and fake is CNN?’ he said as the crowd cheered in agreement.
‘So One America News, which is wonderful, they’re going to 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 that. And he has a large following,’ Trump said.
‘Boycott Comcast and Xfinity while you’re at it – I call it dumb, dumb-cast, because it’s dumb work. because they are no good.
DirecTV announced earlier this month that it would no longer carry OAN, as the Trump-friendly network grapples with multiple lawsuits for airing 2020 election conspiracy theories.
During his rally in Texas, Trump made a special shout out to the Herrings, who own OAN and were in attendance
The channel has also been heavily criticized for spreading misinformation about COVID-19.
During the rally, Trump fired at the entire media, saying, “We don’t have a free and fair press anymore – if we did, this would all end.”
“Our corrupt media will destroy our country if we do nothing,” Trump later said.
Elsewhere in the rally, Trump pledged to pardon those jailed for storming the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, while again teasing a potential bid for 2024.
“If I run and if I win, we will treat these people fairly from January 6. We will treat them fairly,” he said to enthusiastic applause.
“If it requires pardons, we will grant them pardons, because they are treated so unfairly.”
He also took aim at the Democratic-led House committee investigating the riot before venting his anger at how inmates are being treated.
“It hasn’t happened to all the other atrocities that have happened recently, what this unelected committee is doing and what the people who are running these prisons are doing – it’s a shame,” Trump said.
It comes as the panel routinely encroaches on the ex-president’s inner circle – earlier this month its chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, formally asked his eldest daughter Ivanka Trump to cooperate with the congressional inquiry.
Telecom giant TV provider DirecTV said it would drop the right-wing network earlier this month.
Lawmakers on the panel were candid about their research into Trump’s ties to the riot and the kind of role he played in undermining the 2020 election.
Returning to the imprisoned rioters, he said: “We will treat them fairly and we will take care of the people of this country.”
Over the past 12 months, the DOJ has charged hundreds of people in connection with the insurgency.
Trump allies in Congress, such as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, claimed to have witnessed their alleged mistreatment firsthand and called them “political prisoners.”
Trump supporters began arriving at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Saturday morning as the sun shone in a cloudless sky.
One rally attendee, Tony Kraut of Dallas, said he wanted to see the former president launch a bid for re-election in 2024.
“He’s such a dynamic guy and he works for free, he doesn’t work for a paycheck, and he’s the only president who’s run for president who isn’t doing it for political gain. He does it to protect our freedoms, protect our country, protect our borders – it’s like you and I are protecting our home,’ Kraut told DailyMail.com.
He pledged to forgive his supporters who were convicted in connection with the Capitol riot while again teasing a possible 2024 bid.
Several Trump supporters told DailyMail.com they want 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 early.
“I want him back, like, now,” she said, adding that he could count on his vote in the next presidential election.
But not all of the fans in attendance felt the same – one voter who only identified himself as Rod from Montgomery County said he was “not really sure” if he wanted to see Trump run again to the presidency.
“He will be 80 years old. I think it’s probably a little too old. I think he has plenty of time to find someone – a good successor with good views,” Rod said.
He said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis could pick up the slack.
Conroe’s Cody and Cheyenne said they “absolutely” want Trump to run in 2024, but want Republicans to focus on the economy, the border and job growth in the mid-election -mandate much closer in November.
The former president released a statement Saturday morning touting the number of his supporters who had already gathered at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds ahead of his evening rally.
“Big crowd already gathered in Texas for tonight, see you there!” said Trump.
Allies of the former president have accused Joe Biden’s Justice Department of jailing the rioters for political reasons
Trump raised some serious money ahead of his Conroe rally, hosting a $100,000 couple lunch and a second fundraiser on Saturday before taking the stage. The money is earmarked for a new political action committee, Make America Great Again.
The former president charged the couples $100,000 to join him and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for lunch in Houston at an undisclosed location.
The Houston Chronicle reported it was to be followed by a $5,000-per-couple reception at Lake Conroe, where hosts include Major League Baseball legend Roger Clemens and state Attorney General Ken Paxton. Donors could pay up to $50,000 to participate in a roundtable.
And he participated in an event organized 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 election that officially kicks off the midterm primary season.