WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 — When, on June 6, 2015, Donald J. Trump announced his intention to run for the Republican Party’s nomination for president, Hunter Walker of Business Insider was in attendance at Trump Tower on New York City’s fashionable Fifth Avenue.
“Apart from wondering whether Trump would actually launch a campaign, the main question among the media ahead of the event seemed to be whether the people in the crowd were paid,” he observed.
The Atlantic’s David Graham noted, “Donald Trump’s run for the presidency is premised on one fact above all: He’s a fabulously successful businessman. And yet, paradoxically, running for president may be the most disastrous business decision he’s made – or, at the very least, his worst in a while.”
Right-leaning political watcher, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, Charles Krauthammer, appeared among a panel of that network’s “analysts” and said, “You could pick a dozen of them [GOP presidential candidates] at random and have the strongest [presidential] cabinet America’s had in our lifetime and instead all of our time is spent discussing this rodeo clown.”
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Trump’s increasingly likely resounding victory in Tuesday’s Indiana GOP presidential primary, which will all but assure his nomination this July, will prove them all wrong.
When the tempestuous former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight endorsed Trump for president, Indiana Star columnist Michael Gerson wrote that an “Indiana political insider” told him Knight and Trump may be “politically incorrect, but they have the image of being winners.”
The typical Republican candidate spends a lot of time answering loaded questions from the mainstream media, or complying with demands from his Democratic opponent to disavow the statements of others. They never get around to saying what it is they believe in – if they believe in anything at all.
It’s unsettling for the press to see Trump move from strength to strength despite their relentless attacks. It’s even more unsettling that he refuses to allow them to set the themes for the coming presidential campaign.
At the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama thanked the assembled members of the press for underplaying America’s deteriorating economy, the disastrous effects of Obamacare, IRS targeting of his political opponents, the flood of illegal immigration triggered by his unilateral executive actions and his administration’s secret agreement to sell weapons to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel, which ended the lives of hundreds of innocent people.
“Taking a stand on behalf of what is true does not require you shedding your objectivity,” Obama told the subjective, biased and slavishly devoted members of the media. “In fact, it is the essence of good journalism. It affirms the idea that the only way we can build consensus, the only way that we can move forward as a country, the only way we can help the world mend itself is by agreeing on a baseline of facts when it comes to the challenges that confront us all.”
And no one can accuse a majority of the mainstream media of veering far from the administration’s “baseline of facts.”
The few that did (the Associated Press Washington bureau and James Rosen of Fox News) had their phones tapped, sanctioned by the secret FISA Court, established during the Cold War to combat foreign spies operating on our shores.
Or they were dragged through the courts, like Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter James Risen, who called Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.”
Bloodless Republican establishmentarians foolishly believe the electability of their candidates depends solely on their ability to court and placate Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s fawning media pals.
A far savvier Republican electorate knows victory this November requires their presidential nominee to campaign loudly and unapologetically, trampling underfoot the politically-correct hobbyhorses of Hillary – and her adoring sycophants in the press.