A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump.
[With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
It’s game on. Self-professed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by drawing in conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Take a look:
The Times story, by Maggie Haberman and Alex Burns, cited “interviews with more than 20 Republicans who are close to Mr. Trump or in communication with his campaign, many of whom insisted on anonymity to avoid clashing with him.”
Haberman and Burns said the sources “described their nominee as exhausted, frustrated and still bewildered by fine points of the political process and why his incendiary approach seems to be sputtering.”
Trump’s tweet asserted that the anonymous sources were “non-existent.”
Full disclosure: This reporter formerly worked for The Times. The newspaper’s standards require reporters who use anonymous sources to share the names of the sources with top editors before publication.
Donald Trump is now complaining he can’t get a fair shake from the media. The liberal media are biased against him and burn hours of cable time and print gallons of ink on trivialities such as his statement that President Obama created ISIS (he did not). Hint to Donald Trump: if you don’t want reporters to go on endlessly about stupid things you say, then quit saying them and talk about real issues.
The CNN item quoted above is by Brian Stelter, CNN’s media reporter. Stelter further referred to an additional New York Times article:
Donald J. Trump was on the defensive all week, battered from all sides for his heated statements hailing the Second Amendment and linking political opponents to the Islamic State.
But on Friday morning, Mr. Trump rose early to strike back at his favorite adversary.
“Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) ‘the founder’ of ISIS,” Mr. Trump fumed on Twitter shortly after dawn. “THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”
Sarcasm! Methinks sarcasm be made of stronger stuff. You don’t follow up sarcasm by coming back and saying you meant what you said:
Given multiple opportunities to allow that his language had been hyperbolic or, yes, metaphoric, Trump refused. On Thursday, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt practically begged him to narrow his definition.“Last night, you said the President was the founder of ISIS. I know what you meant,” Hewitt said. “You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”But Trump wouldn’t play along.“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump said. “I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
Yeah, Donald Trump! It’s game on. We are going to have a lot of fun between now and November. And I mean that figuratively, not literally.