With the amazing Donald Trump seeming to have survived the best laid plans of a furious media smear campaign over less than reverential comments towards the wartime ‘heroism’ of Senator John McCain, he is kicking ass and taking names. The liberal rag the Des Moines Register, the preeminent bastion of public opinion in the grossly over important early caucus state of Iowa which came out and called for the Donald to withdraw from the race has been banned from covering Trump’s campaign event on Saturday. Trump, who seems to be playing third-dimensional chess verses the establishment political hacks was able to flip the wave of national denunciations into his own attack on the doddering old McCain and now has thrown mud in the eye of the Register.

As reported by CNN “Trump campaign bars Iowa paper from Iowa event after critical editorial”:

The Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, reported early Friday evening that it has been barred from attending a Donald Trump campaign event in Iowa after the paper’s editorial board called on him to drop out of the race.

A Register article said Friday that the Trump campaign had informed the paper that its reporters were not welcome at The Make America Great Again Rally and Family Picnic on Saturday in Oskaloosa. The campaign denied them press credentials, reporters said.

“We are disappointed that Mr. Trump’s campaign has taken the unusual step of excluding Register reporters from covering his campaign event in Iowa on Saturday because he was displeased with our editorial,” Register editor Amalie Nash said in a statement to her paper. “We hope Mr. Trump’s campaign will revisit its decision instead of making punitive decisions because we wrote something critical of him.”

Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told the paper that the decision to ban the Register was a direct consequence of the paper’s editorial on Tuesday, which was entitled “Trump should pull the plug on his bloviating side show” and called him a “feckless blowhard.”

Reporters who work for a paper’s news operation generally have no connection to the paper’s editorial writers. Yet Trump has alleged that both parts of the Register reflect a liberal bias that runs deep at the outlet that dedicates throngs of reporters every four years to extensively cover the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

“As one of the most liberal newspapers in the United States, the poll results were just too much for them to bear,” Trump said of his recent success in surveys after the editorial came out.

A Trump spokeswoman told CNN Friday evening that the campaign had nothing to add beyond the Register report.

Trump’s retaliation against the paper will resonate with the same people who have been jumping onto his bandwagon in increasing numbers as the billionaire iconoclast has risen to the top of polls and put the GOP establishment into panic mode. The sort of folks who are drawn to Trump are also the people who long ago lost faith in a feckless, dishonest and terminally corrupt mainstream media and no longer trust a damned thing that the presstitutes write or say.

The barring of the Des Moines Register follows Trump’s classic smackdown of mouthy MSNBC talking head Jose Diaz-Balart during his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.