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Trump's Toast--It's the Beginning of the End [Picture, Video]

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Posted: 09/22/2015 12:42 pm EDT Updated: 09/22/2015 3:59 pm EDT
 

There comes a moment in the political life of every big-personality, more-sizzle-than-steak candidate when they step across the line of legitimacy, or illegitimacy (depending on your perspective), even for media addicted to the high ratings these candidate-entertainers provide. That moment for Sarah Palin was her Katie Couric interview in 2008 — the hockey-mom-has-no-clothes revealing from which she, and the McCain campaign, never recovered. In Donald Trump’s candidacy — which The Huffington Post is appropriately covering in their Entertainment section — the equivalent moment might have just happened.

It was not the moment in the second Republican debate when Carly Fiorina carved him up like an Easter ham with her withering “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said” zinger. That drew blood (as did the dramatic 12 seconds she remained silent after her response), but it wasn’t fatal. No, historians looking back will peg the beginning of the end of the Trump show to his New Hampshire moment last week. Taking questions at a town hall event in Rochester, Trump listened as an audience member asserted that President Obama is a Muslim, “not even an American.” Trump looked the man square in the eye, and declared: “No … He’s a decent family man [and] a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about. He’s not [an Arab].”

Just kidding. That was actually what John McCain — the one Trump said is “not a war hero” — said to a woman at a campaign rally in 2008 who claimed that President Obama was an Arab. What Trump really said was, well, pretty much nothing: “We are going to be looking at a lot of different things and, you know, a lot of people are saying that.”

There are few things as absolute in damning a candidate as a refusal to acknowledge simple reality — especially a candidate who says he’ll be tough with our enemies but refuses to even stand up to his own supporters. Refusing to acknowledge that Obama was born in this country is the equivalent of refusing to say that the earth is round. Even Trump’s own supporters are embarrassed. Mark Cuban on Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday had to scramble for cover by categorically stating that the candidate he’s supporting for president “is not gonna win. He’s got no chance… none.”

So when will the media be embarrassed enough to refuse to continue to give Trump the large megaphone they are giving him? Not because he’s the front-runner — come on, let’s stop pretending that’s the reason — but because of the ratings he fuels as the entertainer he undoubtedly is.

As Sarah Palin demonstrated, even the ratings-crazed media are capable of falling out of love with a big-ratings stunt candidate. With Trump, you can already see it happening. The cracks are beginning to show. And when the media falls out of love, they fall out of love very quickly.              source                      



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    • muckracker1

      sorry about the video–i am working in safe mode and cant edit it, muckracker–one of these days i’m gona get a rel computer
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    • Pinkorchid

      When we wish upon a star our dreams ….yeah right , nice try though :lol: :roll: :wink: :grin:

    • muckracker1

      Hallejujah!!!!!!!!!!!!! some of my computer probs are fixed; this thing is faster now–this is how the technocrats enslave us; ‘take me to yur gadget’ says the alien visitor :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

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