Trumpbait Redux


Donald Trump has everyone’s number. Whenever he’s in trouble — when he’s caught making an outrageous comment, or revealing the depth of his ignorance, or when he says something untrue, or simply when the polls aren’t to his liking — he says something that gets the Mainstream Media to get its collective dress over its head. Trump’s supporters all rush to his defense, eager for a fresh fight.

In fact, if you listen closely to Trump when he does his stream of consciousness answers you can actually hear him do this mid paragraph — throwing out non-sequiturs, red herrings, and entirely unrelated insults. And it works almost every time. I’ve taken to shouting “squirrel” at the TV whenever he uses this rhetorical trick.

So the polls weren’t to his liking in Iowa. He walks out, reads a statement about “shutting down” all Muslims coming into America. He doesn’t “clarify” that he didn’t mean American citizens until the next day. That in itself was rather remarkable. What’s the point of presidential candidates writing policy proposal down if they don’t reflect any more consideration than his usual brain flatulence?

What happens? Everyone – and I do mean everyone — takes the bait. We’re doing it here at NRO — we have several items up on the topic right now, and no doubt more to come. That giant sucking sound you hear isn’t the supposedly job-sucking economy of Mexico, but Donald Trump hoovering up all of the media oxygen. Legal scholars weigh in on the constitutionality of it. Debates over the nature of fascism sprout up like mushrooms after a rainstorm. It is an entirely unserious proposal taken seriously by just about everyone, including the people who condemn it.

The media loves it for all the obvious reasons, including good ratings and the more comfortable storyline than Barack Obama’s myriad failures. Hillary Clinton loves it because it harms the serious GOP candidates, sows discord in the ranks of the Republicans, and supports her unfolding argument that the GOP is a vessel of warmongering, bigotry, and silliness. ISIS loves it (in this case) for remarkably similar reasons because it bolsters their efforts to say that the West is bigoted towards Muslims. Trump supporters love it because they’ve somehow convinced themselves that attacks on Trump prove he’s right. I would love for Trump to come out and declare 2+2 equals 17 just to see who gets booked on cable news to defend the proposition.

I have no solution for the problem. If conservatives and Republicans ignore it, the media and the Democrats will insist that silence equals agreement. If we join in the frenzy we only make the frenzy greater and give Trump exactly what he wants: all of the limelight. It’s all so transparent and pathetic. But it is also simply where we are.

Read more at: The Corner | National Review Online


Another hit piece from the banks of the RINO committee. Pulllleeeeeze


Trump going on CNN tonight for a one on one with Don Lemon. This is the same CNN that has chastised the GOP for not being tougher against Trump, even though they promoted him from day one. This is the same CNN that called him a bigot and an offensive racist, but hey, all that goes out the window if they can bump their ratings. Trump is the wealthiest candidate but doesn’t have to spend a nickel since he has had excessive media exposure. “Bad GOP for not chastising him more (what more do they expect candidates to do and say?), but umm, yeah he is coming on CNN tonight a 10pm, don’t miss it!”

On a side note, due to Trumps success and now a threat of running for third party it seems to me the TPP is now a dead deal, one way or another, a bloody shame if you ask me. Seven years of hard negotiations all for nothing.


I don’t know about TPP. It has some global warming stuff in there that is a big problem and aimed only at the US.


Well, if we don’t close a dal with Japan and others, don’t be surprised if China decides it’s time to let by gones be by gones and create a trade bloc with them. To me the TPP is a no brainer as it legally ensures minimum trade possibilities between 40% of the worlds economy.


I am NOT in favor of ANYTHING that gives Obama more excuses to bypass Congress and implement his “progressive” agenda…period.