After many weeks, the Telegraph has taken the Donald Trump tag off its home page banner.
It’s unfortunate, as clicking on Trump’s name made reading their online edition so much easier.
Friday, March 18, was the last hurrah for the Telegraph‘s campaign against the billionaire. These four articles were listed together: ‘Stitching up Donald Trump would spark Republican war’, ‘Donald Trump presidency “could be as damaging to global economy as terrorism”‘, ‘Trump’s grammar the same as that used by children’ and, a guest column by American pundit Charles Krauthammer, ‘Donald Trump is not responsible for violence — but he is responsible for refusing to condemn it’.
Looking at the URL to the second article, one sees that it reads:
After tomorrow, Donald Trump could be unstoppable
Linking the Donald with global damage is the Economist Intelligence Unit. If they’re against Trump, millions can sleep comfortably knowing they’ve made the right decision in supporting him.
In other news, Fox’s Megyn Kelly has had three haircuts in less than six months. Trump’s blunt responses to her verbal provocation in the GOP debates must be messing with her mind on some level. She had her trademark long hair when he called her a ‘bimbo’, got it cut a few inches shorter, then ended up with a very short bob for the Republican debate at the end of January.
However, the GOP debates are over now. Fox was scheduled to host the next one on Monday, March 21. Trump had already planned to speak to AIPAC that night, and Kasich also declined. Only Cruz agreed to participate. Early reports suggested that with only one candidate available, Fox decided to cancel the debate. A later one said that Fox offered Cruz a town hall format, once the network found out that ‘Lyin’ Ted’, as Trump calls him, was also going to speak at AIPAC.
But I’m not here to consider Cruz. I’m here to talk Trump. The billionaire had another stunning result on the third of the Super Tuesdays, March 16. Despite the Chicago rally cancellation and the violent protests that took place the previous Friday, Trump won four out of five contests. Kasich won Ohio, his home state. In Florida, Trump trounced Rubio, who bowed out of the race that night, saying it wasn’t God’s plan that he continue. The media lost their darling Marco. Why they thought he even had a chance is beyond me. Many people, not just Floridians and Trump, call him an ‘absentee senator’.
The National Journal had a great recap of Trump’s victories on Tuesday. These were important because they were in winner-take-all states:
Indeed, Trump went a long way in securing the Republican nomination Tuesday night, slowly expanding his support within the Republican Party even as resistance against him within the party was intensifying. He won 46 percent of the vote in Marco Rubio’s home state of Florida, despite anti-Trump outside groups saturating the airwaves there with over $10 million in scathing anti-Trump attack ads. He nearly hit 40 percent in Illinois, winning comfortably in the affluent Chicagoland suburbs where his rivals’ message seemed a better fit. Even his lone loss, in Ohio, was something of a moral victory: He tallied 36 percent of the vote in a state where Ohio Gov. John Kasich scores sky-high approval ratings.
However, CBSN, which I watched for the live coverage, wasn’t talking about any of that. The narrative was still about stopping Trump. In fact, the panel seemed to downplay, even deny, Trump’s success, including veteran reporter Bob Schieffer, whom I remember from my childhood. Schieffer should have admitted on air that he and his fellow journos were wrong about Trump. It would have set a good example for the panel, who were much younger than he.
The next day, I happened to catch part of an ITV evening news report which said that Trump won Florida but lost Ohio. The reporter said nothing about the other states, which would lead the average British viewer to think Trump was in decline.
On March 15, the conservative Boston Herald showed its anti-Trump colours, hoping against hope that someone other than he would win handily that day. The editorial concluded:
There is nothing subtle about the process that continues today. It is about stopping the momentum of a man who has become the most polarizing figure in modern American politics, a man who in most states that have already voted got perhaps a third of the vote. Under those circumstances a brokered Republican Convention wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
It may come to that, but Trump has already scheduled a meeting on Monday afternoon in Washington, DC, one which:
his allies hope will improve his relationship with the congressional GOP and the party’s Washington establishment, according to two people who were invited …
Several members of the House and Senate are expected to participate, plus a bevy of consultants and veteran power brokers, the people said, requesting anonymity to discuss the session.
Meanwhile, at the weekend, protests continued at Trump rallies in Utah and Arizona. In one event in Arizona, some people couldn’t even approach the venue because protesters had set up a roadblock a short distance away. So, if anyone in the media says Trump only had 6,000 rather than 20,000 people showing up and, therefore, his popularity is fading, that’s a lie. The other rallies had the usual ‘yuge’ numbers of supporters.
The attacks and threats, sadly, will no doubt continue. First Rebuttal had a good analysis of what is happening:
It appears the plutocrats themselves are awakening to their own limitations of omnipotence over the world. Their ability to falsify the economic well being of the developed world has deteriorated so sharply so quickly that what was once a threat scenario theorized by The Council of Governors has become a reality, manifesting through the likes of Sanders and Trump. But revolts can be crushed and that is the strategy of MoveOn.org; simple and utter brutishness.
Recognizing the standard program of propaganda via main stream media attacks failed to sunder the sound of revolt it was time to ratchet up the defense of the oligarchs. And so through MoveOn.org Soros et. al will corral those that depend on the state for survival and physically deploy them to disrupt the developing inertia of a larger movement. From their perspective it is fighting (the) unrefined with (the) unrefined; that is, Sanders’ disciples against Trump’s disciples with the hope that they will destroy each other in grand revolution super nova, not soon to be forgotten by more moderate cattle. Now where this will lead, who knows. But certainly the early indications are not dissimilar to the early indications of some of the great epiphanic moments of human history.
Trump knows much more than he’s letting on, and that’s what worries the powers that be and the free stuff crowd.
It will be interesting to see what happens this week. It wouldn’t surprise me if Trump’s media coverage dries up markedly, as journalists and pundits realise all their predictions have come to nought.