ELDER PATRIOT – The mainstream media has spent decades creating the narrative that Republican candidates were forced to answer to. Only Ronald Reagan successfully carried his message to the people by sidestepping their biased reporting, until now.
Donald Trump held a press conference to announce the distribution of $5.6 million to veterans’ groups that he had raised. It turned into much more than a simple briefing.
Trump, infuriated by the Washington Post’s hit piece on the topic that appeared last Friday and the ensuing echo chamber that rippled through the rest of the media over the long weekend, fired a broadside back at them that they won’t soon forget.
For forty-five minutes Trump took everything they could throw at him. At the end, the results were the same as his run through the Republican nominating process; he went into an alley badly outnumbered and came out unscathed.
Reporter: “Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, do you object to scrutiny? You seem like you didn’t even like scrutiny, but you’re seeking the office of president of the United States, how do you think –“
Trump: “I don’t mind scrutiny. What I don’t like is lies. You can scrutinize me all day long but you set up false premises. You state things about me that are not true. Then you run stories on that. That’s why I’m out here trying to correct the record.” And then Trump said, “By the way, I’ve seen you, you’re among the worst. You’re at ABC, right? You’re the worst. You’re a sleaze.”
Major Garrett: To follow up on that, you keep calling us the dishonest press, the disgusting press.
Trump: Generally speaking, that’s a hundred percent true. Go ahead.
Major Garrett: I disagree with that, sir. And if I can ask you this question, it seems as though you’re resistant to scrutiny, the kind of scrutiny that comes with running for president of the United States.
Trump: Excuse me. I’ve watched you on television. You’re a real beauty. When I raise money for the veterans, and it’s a massive amount of money, find out how much Hillary Clinton’s given to the veterans. Nothing.
And this when ABC’s Tom Llamas challenged Trump’s fundraising effort and the subsequent donations to veterans’ groups that Trump had just announced:
Trump: I’m not looking for credit. But what I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, to have people say — like this sleazy guy right over here from ABC. He’s a sleaze in my book.
Llamas: Why am I…?
Trump: You’re a sleaze, because you know the facts, and you know the facts well.
After the extended bristling encounter Trump left the members of the mainstream media in attendance battered, bloodied and forewarned:
Reporter: “Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, is it gonna be this way, are you gonna be attacking us after you become president?”
Trump: “Yes, it is. Because you are the most dishonest people, political press the most dishonest people I know. You know it and I know it. The press is dishonest, but the political press is especially dishonest.”
Where Reagan artfully circumvented the hedgerows constructed by the media, Trump powered through them like our M5A tanks equipped with Culin hedgerow cutters were able to do in pursuit of the Nazis in World War II.
The Culin hedgerows cutters were constructed of material obtained from the German beach obstacles at Normandy. Trump has similarly turned the media’s tools against them.
Trump’s unpredictable actions and bombastic statements since he announced his candidacy demands the media cover him. That coverage has allowed Trump to drive the narrative on a daily basis rather than feebly answer the media driven narrative that past Republican presidential candidates fecklessly allowed.
Yesterday, Donald Trump conquered the mainstream media. That’s what leadership looks like.