Saturday, August 20, 2016

Daily Trumpeter

Trump supporters: Journalists will steal the election. The possibility of Trump losing the election is sinking, seeping slowly into the minds of the faithful riding on the Trump Train. We can watch those minds wrestle with that possibility by listening to what they say. And that is really ugly and scary. They blame the media. Why? Because Trump told them to. Here are some examples from Jared Yates Sexton at the New Republic.

The consensus in the crowd Thursday was that this biased coverage was to blame for Trump’s sinking poll numbers. When I walked into the Charlotte Convention Center, the first pair of men I came across were leaning over the railing of the press pit and joking about how much fun it’d be to “beat the shit” out of a few reporters typing away on their laptops and smartphones at one of the media tables. Later, I heard several people say that certain reporters, including the entire lineup at CNN, should be jailed for their indiscretions—and that Trump would do exactly that once he was elected.

In the hours leading up to the rally, I heard clusters of men and women lamenting the sad state of the presidential race, most of them agreeing there was still time to right the ship while a few had already given up hope. But all of them agreed that the predicament had been the result of unfair press coverage.

[According to Trump] The media had become Hillary Clinton’s running mate, another establishment gatekeeper who held a lion’s share of the blame for ruining the country.

The crowd took its cue.

A man turned from Trump’s speech and toward the press pit, mouthing the words “that’s you, that’s you.” Several men cased the perimeter of the pit, snapping photos of each of the journalists and taking clandestine notes before marching away.

On the sidewalk outside [after the rally], the familiar vendors were selling their offensive merchandise. People drifted toward the street to hail cabs or tracked down their Ubers. Down a ways, in the shadow of the building, a pair of men were smoking cigarettes and shooting the bull. One wore a veteran’s hat, the other a “Make America Great Again” cap.

“It don’t look good,” the veteran said. “Biased media’s gonna steal this thing.”

“Yeah,” his buddy said. “Reckon one of these days we’ll have to take matters into our own hands.”

Paul Manafort resigns from Trump's campaign after the recent shake-up (NY Times). "Mr. Manafort left after a major shake-up following a New York Times report about tumult within the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign, according to the sources. He was also dogged by reports about secretive efforts he made to help the former pro-Russian government in Ukraine, where he has worked on and off over several years."

Perhaps Manafort will find a way to stake out turf in the Baltic for his own Trumpistan.

Someone in Trumpistan thinks Breitbart will attract new voters ... but not Joy Reid. Daily Kos has the transcript of her take-down of the Trump-Breitbart alliance.

In an appearance before MSNBC’s All In viewing audience last night, Joy Reid meticulously destroyed any sense of legitimacy the Trump campaign might have hoped to gain through its alliance with Bannon and Breitbart.com. She interviewed popular Trump surrogate Steve Cortes and, at the outset, asked a searingly relevant question:

Joy Reid: Joining me now is Steve Cortes, a businessman and surrogate for the Trump campaign. Alright Steve, buckle up out there, this is not going to be a traditional campaign; this idea of Donald Trump going back to freewheeling and freestyling and essentially embracing the angry Right. Who is that designed to add to his support base?

Cortes could not answer the question and Reid did not let him get away with dodging it. Read the rest of Reid here.

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