President Donald Trump slammed the "failed" Academy Awards during a rally in Dallas on Thursday saying the annual awards ceremony had "stupid people saying horrible things about us."
Trump made the statement while addressing fans at the American Airlines Center in Texas, where he also slammed the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
Trump targeted the Oscars while commenting on the news cameras which were recording his speech at the rally.
The Republican, speaking to the assembled press, said: "Don’t worry. I won’t say anything bad about your network. Because a lot of the times, I get ready to do a number on these phony networks and, you know, you see those red lights go off. They don’t want their viewers to see it. But that’s OK, I’m not going to say it tonight. I’m going to say, ‘You’re legitimate media.’ I don’t actually mean that."
"But look at all those cameras," the president continued. "That’s like the Academy Awards used to be before it failed. You know why it failed? You know why it failed? Because they came after us. That’s why it failed. It failed because they had stupid people saying horrible things about us. Stupid, stupid people," Fox News reported.
The Academy Awards, which generally air in February or March, have witnessed multiple celebrities denouncing Trump and his administration on its stage over the past few years.
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the ceremonies in 2017 and 2018, particularly targeted the Trump administration. The show did not have a host in 2019 and reports state that it likely continue sans a host in the year 2020.
"They are stupid people, and their ratings have dropped like a rock. And I love seeing it, I’m telling you. Love it," Trump continued during the rally. "But no matter how hard they try, they will fail because the people of Texas and the people of America will never surrender our freedom to those people right there."
The president, in 2018, had targeted the ceremony while talking about its ratings in a tweet, saying: "Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore—except your President (just kidding, of course)!"