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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