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Despite Torrents Of Criticism . . . Trump Keeps Surfing Along With His Winning Endorsements

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In mid-August dominant media obsessed for days over whether President Trump had used the racist N-word sometime in private.
Around the clock, given current 24-hour news cycles, Trump-hating journalists bulged their eyes at that nasty possibility — just as they had glared throughout Trump’s presidency at one after another after another example of what they regarded as the president’s unforgivable and impeachable personality.
Closer to home, though, vile attacks were hardly worth mentioning by the journos, and quickly to be forgotten.
Their lodestar New York Times recently hired as one of its own opinion writers the aggressively racist Sarah Jeong, who had a history of publicly tweeting one despicable slur after another at white people, of which “dumbass” was merely her mild criticism, hatred of police a recurrent theme, and cruelty to elderly white men a source of joy.
The Times stood by its hiring decision, and its many meek media pals saw nothing worth making an issue of. It’s not as if they had an opportunity to unload on yet another conservative.
If, say, political hopeful David Garcia were a Trump fan, it would have been good for at least a few days of national publicity that one of Garcia’s aides referred to a “sh****le country.”
Trump himself was flayed for days last January by his media foes for possibly privately having used that insult about some foreign countries. Now journos could say they’d discovered that the Trump-loving Garcia harbored staff who yammered like the Big Guy in D.C.
Except, alas, Garcia is a liberal Democrat running for his party’s gubernatorial nomination in the August 28 Arizona primary, so his digital director, Xenia Orona, didn’t suffer the national opprobrium she would have with a different political orientation. It wasn’t a question of whether Orona actually said this privately. Like racist Jeong, Orona had tweeted it publicly.
And, being a left-wing Democrat, Orona hadn’t attacked other countries. Instead, she used the slur against the U.S. last January. Just as she had told the state of Arizona to go suffer a certain sort of sexual attack even while she referred to Mexico as “the motherland” in 2012.
On August 9 the conservative PJ Media site reported Orona’s more recent tweeting activity, including her stand to abolish ICE, to speak only Spanish in public at every opportunity, to have the U.S. “stop taking advantage of my people,” to have the police subjected to the same kind of sexual assault that she had wished on Arizona, and to see law and order as a smokescreen for bigots’ hatred.
In other words, the standard leftist-racist identity politics that beguiles dominant media and is swallowing the Democratic Party, even while these media obsess over the alleged wickedness of Trump and his conservative Republicans.
Feeling the heat, Garcia waved Orona goodbye, even though Garcia had been dancing around with his own campaign notions of no ICE, no wall, and that his last name was a good reason to vote for him.
Odds are you saw little if any coverage about these Arizona Democrat extremists. The only people really worth laughing at, in so many national editors’ view, just have “R” after their names.
Meanwhile, left-wing “Antifa” protesters get away with physical attacks on the media that the same dominant media wish would come from rightists.
When a few dozen white supremacists managed to have a small rally in Washington, D.C., on August 12, the anti-media violence came from among their far more numerous opponents.
“Throughout the day,” the Washington Post admitted, “journalists covering the rally shared stories of cameras being yanked and reporters accosted by members of the same movement that claims it is protecting free society” — that is, by the “anti-fascists.”
If screaming Trump supporters with their MAGA caps had done this to only one reporter, it would have been top national news for at least a few days. But when actual attacks originate from the other side, there’s a kind of embarrassment in newsrooms about mentioning this much at all.
In July, New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger had warned Trump at the White House that the president’s “increasingly dangerous” language about media “fake news” “is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
Liberal thinking is that their enemies are only to the right, and Sulzberger fell into this trap.
The violence against journalists is already here, and it’s not being choreographed at the White House. Nor did Trump dictate the thinking of social-media follower and socialist James T. Hodgkinson last year when the radical started blasting away against a Republican congressional baseball practice, nearly killing GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Rest assured that if the day ever comes when violent leftists capture the machinery of the U.S. government, thanks to the propaganda assistance of their complicit media admirers, those doormat media won’t be rewarded prizes by the new dictators but only contempt and persecution for being “useful idiots.”
Looking at the media frenzy about whether Trump privately said the N-word, a Phoenix radio conservative talk host wondered who had done more damage to blacks.
On KFYI (550 AM), host James T. Harris, himself a black man, asked on August 14 if Trump using the N-word was worse than what Democrat politicians had done to Detroit. Was the president using the N-word, Harris continued, worse than what Planned Parenthood abortionists do to blacks? Citing PP’s eugenicist founder, Harris said that Margaret Sanger “is laughing in Hell.”
Apparently oblivious to such tangible damage by “progressive” Democrats, more than 100 U.S. newspapers planned a coordinated editorial attack against Republican Trump on August 16, the day this hardcopy edition of The Wanderer went to press.
The liberal Boston Globe initiated the event, but many Americans were left to wonder what was different about 100, or 400, newspapers attacking Trump on August 16 than on every other day in the year, except this time the Globe wanted open credit for it.
Sitting in for national radio talker Rush Limbaugh on August 15, guest host Todd Herman said the papers’ campaign would be “impotent” with conservatives because of media’s known bias.
It’s not as if dominant media have any impartial, even-handed record whatever toward the president, so why would conservatives react differently to just another day of hissing and spitting?
Trump, of course, supplies his foes with more than adequate ammunition in his own stream of frequently undisciplined tweets. He’d make it easier on himself if he could seem more amiable. But maybe he concluded amiable doesn’t work with an entire national political and media class who want him gone, the sooner and wretcheder the better.
Maybe, as talk host Harris suggested, people should notice whether Trump’s words or left-wing Democrats’ actions have done the nation more damage.
In fact, Republican voters seem to be doing just that kind of noticing. Rather than being offended at Trump’s daily barrage of tweets, many of his nearly 54 million followers seem to value his counsel. Political candidates mainly seem to benefit rather than suffer from his blessing. Suffice it to say that Republican voters are far from synonymous with members of dominant media.
What does this say about media potency after they’ve hammered Trump as everything from a lying leper to a pestiferous pariah even before his election in 2016?
A Real Clear Politics article on August 15 noted: “Donald Trump has taken a lot of grief for his tweeting habit from critics who view his use of the social media platform as decidedly unpresidential. He’s receiving only gratitude, however, from Republican candidates he’s endorsed on Twitter — candidates who’ve ridden Trump’s endorsement to decisive primary victories. . . .
“He has endorsed 44 campaigns so far,” the article continued, “and many say they’ve seen a tangible difference after a getting that seal of approval on Twitter. His input elevates the candidates’ national profile, increases donations, and can even help change the outcome of some races.”

Success In Minnesota

That trend appeared to continue with state primary elections on August 14, notably with GOP voters in Minnesota unexpectedly nominating Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for governor over former state governor Tim Pawlenty.
Minneapolis is county seat of Hennepin County. Minnesota has been moving away from its stereotype of a purely liberal powerhouse.
Johnson ran as a strong Trump supporter and received Trump’s praise soon after the victory. The president tweeted: “Jeff Johnson of Minnesota had a big night in winning the Republican nomination for governor against a very strong and well-known opponent! Thanks for all of the support you showed me. You have my complete and total endorsement. You will win in November!”
A Twin Cities observer told The Wanderer: “In Minnesota, pro-lifers and Trumpites had a lot to cheer about. . . . Voters told the media that they chose Johnson because they perceived him as more solidly conservative and because they liked the idea of someone new running for governor.”
Meanwhile, pro-abortion extremists strong-armed Missouri’s Democratic Party into taking back a mildly conciliatory paragraph that had been added to the party platform. It said that while Dems are committed to being “pro-choice,” those with differing views also are welcome. “Sickening,” said a pro-abortion activist. So party officials flip-flopped back.
The Kansas City Star commented editorially: “Well, the welcome mat has been taken back inside now. Which strikes us as especially self-defeating with the November midterms dead ahead. When Democrats say the republic is at stake, and democracy itself, do they mean it? If they do, this is an odd time for purity tests.”
Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, reacted by saying, “At what point will the abortion-rights progressives be held accountable for prioritizing their single issue above the health and success of the Democratic Party?”
Day added: “Pro-life Democrats have stayed in the shadows and have been taken for granted long enough. We must be recognized and heard. Right now, we are hearing that current leaders of the Democratic Party do not want us and we should look elsewhere.”
Meanwhile, New York’s liberal Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo quickly had to backtrack on August 15 after declaring during remarks on “women’s rights,” in a swipe against Trump’s MAGA theme, that the U.S. “was never that great.”
Trump is so lucky in the enemies he has. And the multibillionaire didn’t even have to go out and buy them.

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