President Trump complained that “no politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly” during a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut Wednesday.

The comments were his first since reports Tuesday night that he asked FBI Director James Comey, since fired, to drop an investigation of Trump’s former national security advisor. Trump had also refrained from tweeting for 21 hours, a rarity in the midst of controversy.

Though the speech contained much of the traditional praise for the new graduates, and ceremonial pardons of their “oversights or slight violations,” it was also laced with Trump’s hallmark defiance and boastfulness that put himself at the center.

“The people understand what I’m doing and that’s the most important thing. I didn’t’t get elected to serve the Washington media or the special interests,” he said. “I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women and that’s what I’m doing.”