President Trump mocked a member of the media during a news conference Friday evening after the reporter complained that a room packed with people violated New Jersey's coronavirus guidelines.
The president said the meeting was a "peaceful protest."
"Just in this room, you have dozens of people who are not following the guidelines in New Jersey which say you should not have more than 25 people," the reporter said before being interrupted by a cascade of boos.
The president immediately shot back, telling his accuser "you're wrong on that."
"It's a political activity. They have exceptions... and it's also a peaceful protest," Trump said as the room erupted in cheers and laughter. "To me, they look like they all, pretty much all have masks on. You have an exclusion in the law, it says ‘peaceful protest or political activity,' right?"
Trump looked down at a sheet of paper on his podium and doubled down on his response.
"In fact, it specifically, yeah, it says exactly, ‘political activity or peaceful protest,' and you can call it political activity, but I'd call it ‘peaceful protest' because they heard you were coming up and they know the news is fake, they understand it better than anybody."