In spending half an hour excoriating the media at the Phoenix rally, Donald Trump may have shattered his own record for such a lengthy indictment by an American president.
He called journalists “sick people.” He said “I really think they don’t like our country.” He said the “crooked media” are “the source of the division in our country.”
And, of course, Trump blamed the fourth estate for malpractice in reporting his remarks after the Charlottesville violence: “The only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself, and the fake news.”
His base, as always, loved it.
But in this MSM member’s view, what happened Tuesday night was a missed opportunity for Trump, who is elevating his disgust with those who cover him to a major element of his case to the public. And it was a missed opportunity for the media as well.
Trump, as is well known, always needs an enemy. With Hillary leaking excerpts from her forthcoming book, with Alec Baldwin on summer hiatus, with Mitch McConnell telling associates he wonders if Trump will make it (at least according to the NYT),…
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