Donald Trump hit it out of the park in today’s presser. The reporters made a coordinated attack on Trump regarding donations to veterans organizations. It was about as spontaneous as the ISIS attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. And Trump fired back with both barrels, making it clear that the legacy media had brought a knife to a gunfight.
Trump laced into the media, calling them liars and then picked out Jim Acosta of CNN as the worst of a bad bunch calling him a “sleaze.” Rush Limbaugh said it was the press conference Republicans have wanted to see for years – and he’s right. No doubt, the milksop chorus in the NeverTrump movement will be horrified. In the meantime, normal people – voters – were thrilled.
Rush had a great analysis: In the age of internet trolling don’t expect candidates to abide by the niceties of a bygone era. And more to the point, in a war the aggressor sets the rules. Make no mistake, Trump understand this even if the talking heads don’t.
Here’s what Rush had to say on his show. Emphasis added.
RUSH: Well, that’s what you’ve all wanted. That’s what everybody’s been asking for I don’t know how long. That was a press conference. That was a press conference. That was the kind of press conference Republicans voters have been dying to see for who knows how many years
Say what you will about Donald Trump — how many years have people been begging for a Republican to just once take on the media the way Trump did? All the way from the premise, to the details, to the motivation. He took ’em all on, and the piece de resistance is some journalist said, “Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump –” and, by the way, these people in the media, they may hate the guy, but they cannot stop covering him…
But, anyway, the piece de resistance — you thought I lost my place, but I didn’t, because I never do. Near the end of it a frustrated journalist (paraphrasing), “Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump, is it gonna be this way, are you gonna be attacking us after you become president?”
“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.”
And then Jim Acosta, I think it was, CNN (paraphrasing), “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 –”
“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 says, “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.” And I’m thinking the people at home watching this — (laughing) ’cause, folks, in the age of internet trolling, manners are out the window. It’s a waste of time asking for manners here. Because, remember, in a war the aggressor sets the rules and I’m guaranteeing you that Trump thinks the media are the aggressors here.”
This press conference alone is probably good for a a couple of points in the polls. Voters want someone who is going to say what they’re thinking and take the fight to the enemy. In Trump, they have it.