Are President Trump's attacks on 'fake news' part of his strategy?

ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd analyzes President Trump's attacks on the media during his Phoenix rally and says Trump's "overheated rhetoric" did "nothing to heal the country."
2:26 | 08/23/17

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Transcript for Are President Trump's attacks on 'fake news' part of his strategy?
Tom, thanks very much. Let's bring in madutthew dowd and running out of the times we've never seen anything like this before from someone in the white house, from the president of the United States and such a difference from just 24 hours before. Yeah, it's amazing, George. I was reflecting on this last night and this morning at a time in America where we're thirsty for healing and unity, Donald Trump arrived in the desert of Arizona with an overheated rhetoric and damaging divisions in this. It does nothing to help heal the country at this point in time. He's presiding over this and he's only adding to this. Only stoking the fires more and more. That last night was a perfect example of how on the Mondays we see a mirage and on Tuesdays we see the true Donald Trump and what we saw last night I have to say was the real Donald Trump. We learned last night that the president watches "Gma" and took off on me last night as well and part of his media rant but the thing is, this is not just impulse, this is strategy by the president. He is trying to turn accurate reporting into attacks on him and using that to bind him more closely to his political base. Yeah, I notice he reused the attack on senator Marco Rubio so you're in good company in the midst of this. This does nothing to help. What it seems like is that his greatest enemy is the truth. He's mad when somebody tells the truth and was pointed out earlier in this segment as he read what he said he said of course he left out the main thing which caused all the problem which was many sides, both sides in the midst of this but Donald Trump seems to have -- he loves the second amendment but seems to have a real problem with the first amendment. And perhaps the most co consequential attacks on Republican senators, leaders in the senate, you know, did not wish John McCain well in his cancer fight even though he was in his home state. This could cause him huge problems as they face a big legislative agenda in the fall. I think this is probably the most damaging thing for him personally or for what he wants to do politically in this. John McCain is fighting brain cancer at this time. He's a war hero. He's beloved by every other senator in the United States senate and he attacked him. Didn't use his name but attacked him and Jeff flake in this. All of Donald Trump's basket is sitting in their hands and all he's doing is making it harder and harder for him to accomplish anything in this congress. Yeah, he is really alienated Mitch Mcconnell. Matthew dowd, thanks very much.

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