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Friday, July 29, 2016

Trump ropes the dopes

Give him enough rope, he will hang himself. The media has said this about Trump for more than a year now.

From the Daily Caller on July 7, 2015: "But the best way to handle someone like Donald Trump is to give him enough rope to hang himself."

From the Los Angeles Times on August 3, 2015:
“For a person like Trump, he can’t stop talking,” said David Raad, a South Carolina Republican strategist who worked on Romney’s 2012 campaign. “They just have to give him plenty of rope. In fact, a lot of rope. He’ll eventually hang himself with his words.”
From Newsweek on August 6, 2015 (ahead of the first debate): "How to beat trump tonight: give him enough rope."

And from Charlie Cook, considered the expert on election forecasts in Washington because everyone says He Is The Expert on Election Forecasts, on July 24, 2015:
It was inevitable: If given enough rope, Donald Trump would hang himself. 
Trump's statement Saturday in Iowa that Sen. John McCain was no war hero was all it took. This was so predictable; nobody knew exactly how Trump would self-destruct, but there was no doubt that he would. He can't help himself.
The media keeps thinking they can bring Trump down with some punk kerfluffle. They cannot. He turns their gotcha questions inside out. He takes all that rope and skips it. To use the only other rope cliché I know, he is roping these dopes. He plays the media at its own game so easily that it should be illegal.

His latest was a gem that stole headlines from Hillary's Coronation in Philadelphia. To deflect the negative press from the disclosure of DNC emails that showed the DNC was working for her and against Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Hillary sent her flying monkeys in the press to spread the word that Russia was behind this disclosure because Putin wants Trump to win.

An ordinary politician would vehemently deny this.

Trump decided to have some fun with it. He of course denied even knowing Putin. But he allowed that Russia could have hacked the DNC's servers. Then Trump linked it to her missing State Department emails and said:
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
At that point, the flying monkeys should have returned to base and awaited further instruction.

Instead they went ape with it. They took super serious a sarcastic barb at Hillary's inept security lapse. I doubt Trump expected them to gift him with another news cycle.

The New York Times headline read: “Donald Trump’s Appeal to Russia Shocks Foreign Policy Experts."

The public reads that and realizes America is in a mess because its foreign policy experts are a bunch of partisan hacks, just like the New York Times staff.

Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC recruited Claire McCaskill to dump on Trump. The senator said: “Well, it’s very clear to me that Donald Trump is unfit and, frankly, I think he’s dangerous. I believe that there’s a chance he violated the law with what he said, inviting a cyber attack of Russia, a dictator who has violated all of our principles of liberty and freedom in Russia.”

From the Washington Post:
Republican nominee Donald Trump pleaded directly Wednesday with the Russian government to meddle in the U.S. presidential election by finding and releasing tens of thousands of private emails from his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton — an extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented maneuver in American politics.
This was the newspaper that published the Pentagon Papers despite a judge's order that the New York Times not publish them.

CNN scolded The Donald:
Donald Trump said Thursday that he was being sarcastic when he appeared to suggest that Russia should use espionage to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails.
But he's finding out that presidents -- and by extension, presidential nominees -- don't get that luxury when the topic is national security.
Of course, the public knows what Trump did: he pointed out that Russia has better servers to crash than the DNC's, such as the bathroom server Hillary used. They also know that the press is playing a game and making a coordinated attack on Trump -- just like they coordinated attacks with the DNC on Bernie Sanders. The big loser is not Trump, but rather the media.

By trying to take Trump down like this, the press gave him another news cycle, pre-empting their own candidate at her crowning moment.

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  1. Bought the Kindle version yesterday, Mr Surber. So far it's an excellent read. You certainly give a rare insight on the herd mentality of the talking heads and the know-it-all political pundits in and out of the press when covering The Donald.

    1. Noting the herd mentality roped above...

  2. Yup. Yup. DJT plays politics the way Kasparov played chess. What first appears as brash, even reckless, is seen in hindsight as clever, audacious, brilliant. EVERYBODY knows Hillary should have been indicted for her crimes. And now some in the media call for Donald's arrest? That's not just pathetic, it's laughable.

  3. They will never figure out until too late that
    Trump operates in their brains rent free-the
    way Sarah Palin did (and still does).But,with
    Trump he uses that space to full advantage.
    Think a giant airship with "TRUMP" emblazoned
    on the side running around in the Heads of Andrea
    Mitchell, Anderson Cooper, Bill Kristol, and
    others who point at the trees and yell"Squirrel!"
    While at the same time bodies of dead Haitians,
    Ambassadors and SEALs float by Hillary's Royal
    Trump knows this...

  4. Hillary deleting the emails while under investigation: Nothingburger

    Obama drone striking Americans: totally ok

    Trump talking about Russia turning over emails to us that Hillary wouldn't: Treason!

    Had to say it again.
    Besides, he is in compliance with the Logan act. Hillary was investigated for a high crime and misdemeanor, and remains under suspicion. He is merely asking for the cooperation of the foreign government in the investigation, not in collusion with a foreign government that has a current dispute with our own.
    If anyone has proof that the Russian government hacked any official government server he, or in the case of Barfly, she, should come forward immediately, otherwise they are withholding evidence and obstructing justice, like Hillary.
    If the Russian govt is merely in possession of the emails, it may not have violated any international agreement at all, but may not be willing to release them so as not to reveal their sources, which is what our own intelligence apparatus would do.

    1. Excellent analysis -- five stars. * * * * *

  5. If the mainstream media had any smarts they'd have a better job. Clueless bunch. - Elric

    1. Better job? Who'd hire the bums?

      I wouldn't trust 'em to open a can of Spam.

  6. Unfortunately, the premise that "Of course, the public knows what Trump did: he pointed out that Russia has better servers to crash than the DNC's" is not so.

    "Everybody" gets their news from TV. We blog watchers are the exception.

    The MEME that "Everybody" is getting is (quoted from above):
    Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC recruited Claire McCaskill to dump on Trump. The senator said: “Well, it’s very clear to me that Donald Trump is unfit and, frankly, I think he’s dangerous.

    I am hearing more and more usually reasonable people echoing that "Dangerous" theme.

    I fear that the Media have found a formula, as Scott Adams predicts, that is sticking - true or not.

    1. All Trump has to do is say,"OK. prosecute me."
      Episode over.

    2. I fervently wish you were correct, but I'm talking about usually reasonable people who have heard "dangerous" & "loose cannon" comments so often that they are coming to believe it.

      Not theory - real people. 8^(

  7. In related news, we note the Gray Lady is in bad shape financially.

  8. What's good for the noose is good for the slander.

  9. Check out The People's Cube take on the American media/Democrat collusion: Pravdamerika at

    - Elric

  10. Moreover, Donald Trump has something not seen in a national-level politician since Ronald Reagan -- a sense of humor. The lamestream media themselves also have no sense of humor, so when someone smart and clever like Trump comes along and shoots a few zingers, they just go right over their heads. The morons would not know a joke if it hit them aside the head. They are used to making fake laughter at hilLIARy's and jugears' weak and failing attempts at humor.

  11. PS While I am blowing about jokes -- here is a liberal joke:

    Q: How many liberals does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    1. Ain't funny cos that job of screwin' threw Bill clean across the room.

  12. As was written, in his press conference, he said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
    Immediately the press responded with outrage, saying he had “called on Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s email, in an unprecedented request for a rival power to influence a presidential election though cyber attacks.” Ah, what server; the one held by the FBI or one we don't know about

    Afterwards Trump doubled down on his message, “If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!”
    The media seemly all agreed Trump was calling on Russia to commit espionage in order to influence a U.S. election. Not if they already had the E-mails and no server to hack, that we know of.
    The top story at the Washington Post initially headlined, “Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton’s emails and release them publicly.” CNN went with, “Donald Trump encourages Russia to hack Hillary Clinton.”
    Then the Clinton campaign said Trump was asking for a violation of national security. And here IIRC Clinton had said that the 33,000 E-mails were only about yoga and her daughter's wedding. Silly me.
    And maybe Hillary calling for an investigation of Putin's "rigged" election when she was SoS may influence what is released and when.

  13. You Tube has a great video called ..Hilary lying for 12 minutes straight.. Send it to your liberal friends.