Sunday, August 9, 2015

Establishment Media Expected Trump to Grovel, He Doesn’t

Perhaps all of the prancing around with insurgent Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s famous scalp on a stick was a wee bit premature. In the latest ginned up scandal that was being heralded as the torpedo amidships that would sink Trump’s campaign, the denunciations were fast and furious and GOP operatives were already divvying up the Donald’s support. However, once again, the billionaire outsider did not buckle one bit. If you listen to the mainstream media – something only a fool would do in this country anymore – Trump’s spat with Fox News top Kewpie doll Megyn Kelly and the phantom comment about her menstruating was a slam dunk to destroy him. The damage has yet to be seen but the bad man didn't exactly go into hiding after the onslaught.

Trump hit the Sunday morning McNews circuit to defend himself. CNN reports that “Donald Trump: No apology on 'blood' remark amid GOP backlash”:

Presidential candidate Donald Trump defended himself Sunday from the fierce backlash he's received for criticizing Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly, insisting he said nothing wrong and that he values women.

"I cherish women," the real estate mogul told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union," adding that he did not mean to imply that Kelly asked him sharp questions during the debate because she was menstruating.
"Who would say that?" Trump said Sunday. "Do you think I'd make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about that."

The extraordinary exchange with Tapper showed how quickly Trump has shifted from a frontrunner who seemingly defied the laws of politics to the public face of a campaign in turmoil.

"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," Trump said during an interview with CNN's Don Lemon on Friday night. "Blood coming out of her wherever."
Over the past 48 hours, Trump's own party has piled on to slam his incendiary choice of words, attacking with a vigor not seen during previous controversies during his presidential bid. The backlash has been more intense than what Trump faced over his previous comments on Mexican immigrants and Sen. John McCain's war-hero status. Several of his Republican presidential opponents and even far-right leaning conservatives have called his attack on Kelly offensive and said it was driven by gender.

Trump handled the moment in characteristic fashion -- refusing to give an inch to his detractors and telling Tapper he did "nothing wrong whatsoever."

It is astonishing to see what’s going down this weekend. Normally competing networks are loathe to give any credit to Fox News at all - usually they only bash it to smithereens - yet they are all coming together in a show of unity that is something akin to having been transported into a parallel universe. The Republicans especially are acting as though they are on acid or something, they are more determined to take down Trump than they are the grand succubus herself, Hillary Clinton. Even if this ‘all-in’ coordinated effort succeeds in finally slaying the Donald dragon one has to wonder whether the party has already inflicted upon itself a mortal wound that will bleed all the way into next November.