U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais slammed the mainstream media Thursday in delivering his welcoming remarks at the Rutherford County GOP Reagan Day Dinner.
“These folks are not even trying to be neutral and impartial anymore,” he said, describing how he believes coverage has become even more slanted since President Trump was elected.
DesJarlais, who represents the 4th district which includes Rutherford County, said news stories are full of “complete and utter nonsense” and cautioned attendees to be wary of what they see and read.
“The president is doing everything we elected him to do but you won’t hear about that on TV,” he said.
Four announced and expected candidates for Tennessee governor spoke at Thursday’s event at the Stones River County Club in Murfreesboro. They included state Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville), Congresswoman Diana Black, and businessmen Randy Boyd and Bill Lee. Only Boyd and Lee have officially announced that they are running.
DesJarlais encouraged state and local Republicans to stick together, saying that Democrats’ only chance of putting forward a winning gubernatorial candidate is if Republicans divide among themselves.
In Washington, D.C., things are going better than some Republicans realize, he said.
“Border crossings are dramatically down and that’s without building a wall,” said DesJarlais, referring to Trump’s tough talk and plans. “But people know there’s a new sheriff in town and there are consequences for their actions.”
DesJarlais also mentioned the recent action in the House to repeal and replace Obamacare and the pressure on the Senate to follow suit. He additionally noted that Congress is delving into tax reform.
Republicans need to make the most of having control of both houses of Congress and the White House, he said.
“This is probably the best team we’re going to get in a while and we have to win with the team we have.”