So that happened. The hit piece that wasn’t from The New York Times on Sunday, which sought to merely confirm the Democratic narrative that Donald Trump is a woman-hating lout, is backfiring badly, especially after the story’s principle subject, Rowanne Brewer Lane, said on Monday in repeated interviews that the paper misquoted her and mischaracterized what she had said. As reported by The Hill this morning:
One of Donald Trump’s former girlfriends is pushing back on a New York Times story, saying her comments were distorted to smear him.
The remarks from Rowanne Brewer Lane, a former model who is the centerpiece of the Times story, invigorated Trump and his supporters and rallied conservatives of all stripes behind their common enemies: the media and The New York Times, in particular.
Later in the piece The Hill quotes Times defenders – other Left-wing media types – as saying that the NYT reporters got it right and that Brewer Lane is the one who should be looked at with suspicion. But Republicans used to being mischaracterized and brutalized by the Times and other liberal rags fire back. Read it all here.
And speaking of the media The Hill was at least honest about one thing: The mainstream media is in the tank for Hillary Clinton, Trump’s likely opponent this fall (unless, of course, Democratic super delegates abandon her again like they did in 2008 because she keeps losing primaries to Sen. Bernie Sanders):
Hillary Clinton has an unlikely ally in her bid to defeat Donald Trump this fall: the media.
The Democratic presidential front-runner has had a long, contentious relationship with the press, most notably in her 2008 run for the White House. But 2016 figures to be much different.
Much of the political media disdain Trump, and that feeling is palpable in green rooms in New York City and Washington, D.C.
The Hill tried to make it sound as though Inside the Beltway political reporters are afraid that Trump will make good on a threat to open up liable laws against journalists, so that’s why they’re backing Hillary, but the truth is they would be backing any Democrat against any Republican candidate because they are mostly all Democrats. Read The Hill’s nonetheless stunning admission here.
And speaking of the Clintons, kicking illegal immigrants out of the country is a horrible idea and Trump is a bigot for doing so, we are constantly told. But that’s not what President Bill Clinton used to think. In fact, back in the day he sounded very Trump-like when the issue of illegal immigration came up (Clinton was always that Third Way pragmatic Democrat, not the uber-Left-wing socialist/communist Democrat that Barack Obama is). See the video montage of Trump vs. Bill Clinton on immigration below:
Who is really responsible for the Trump Train? Charles Hurt, columnist at the Washington Times, gives that honor to none other the President Obama:
A rare point of universal agreement in all this trenchant political acrimony: No matter what you think of Donald Trump, the political environment in which the flashy real estate mogul has so brilliantly thrived was created entirely by President Obama.
This explains the president’s truly bizarre performance during his graduation speech Sunday. The president is angry, he is defensive, he is spending his final months in office hopelessly trying to spin his failed presidency.
“In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue,” he said in a speech that was otherwise peppered with obvious references to Mr. Trump, who is already basically running against Mr. Obama’s third term, whoever the Democratic nominee will be.
“It’s not cool to not know what you are talking about,” he told the easy crowd. “That’s not keeping it real or telling it like it is, that’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about.”
Hurt says the president might have been really talking about his own failed record – in foreign policy, the economy, domestic policy – but either way Obama’s failures (and to a lesser extent congressional failures) have given rise to a non-politician who vows to un-politicize the political process. Read Hurt’s entire column here.