With Super Tuesday now less than 48 hours away and insurgent Donald Trump about to take the GOP establishment to the house of pain, the media slime machine is in overdrive. Today Trump is on the Sunday morning McNews shows where the presstitutes and paparazzi are laying their best traps in a last ditch effort to kneecap the Republican front-runner before he breaks towards the finish line. It’s the old throw as much shit against the wall and pray some of it sticks strategy and one piece that could have a negative impact is tying Trump to the notorious white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer David Duke who has endorsed the Donald.
That card was just played on CNN’s State of the Union by the reptilian Jake Tapper and is a cunning twist in tarring Trump as an anti-Semite by inserting the Jewish Anti-Defamation League into the equation. The crux of this latest lowball tactic is smearing Trump for not denouncing Duke, look for this meme to be hammered 24/7 for the next few days.
As CNN itself reports in the story “Trump: ‘I know nothing about white supremacists’”:
Donald Trump wouldn’t disavow David Duke’s support for his presidential bid, saying Sunday that he knows nothing about the white supremacist leader.
“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” he said. “So I don’t know. I don’t know — did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.”
The Anti-Defamation League had called on Trump to repudiate the support of Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacist groups.
Asked if he’d broadly distance himself from those groups, Trump demurred, saying he knew nothing about their support for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about,” Trump said. “You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong. You may have groups in there that are totally fine — it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I’ll let you know.”
Tapper responded: “OK. I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but –“
And Trump said: “Honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him.”
Trump’s comments came two days before 12 states — largely Southern — vote on Super Tuesday. If he defeats Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in most or all of those states, Trump could become a near-lock for the Republican nomination.
In defense of Mr. Duke, whether one happens to agree with his views or not he is entitled to them as well as his right to free speech – this is America after all. He is also entitled to vote for or endorse whoever the hell that he damned well pleases whether that individual wants his endorsement or not. Playing this sort of con game flies in the very face of any concept of democracy and free elections but the media aren’t neutral bystanders in any of this are they? Tapper is particularly noxious in that he has been one of the celebrity moderators in the brutal gauntlet of anti-Trump debates although not CNN’s airing of Thursday’s steel cage death match from Houston. There are also alleged robocalls from white supremacist groups endorsing Trump but that story smells like a rat and a political black op right out of the Karl Rove dirty tricks playbook.
Nothing seems to stick to the Teflon Don though and it’s driving the neocons, the moneyed donors, the corrupt party bosses and their media boys in the bag insane, therefore why not just continue to hammer away at him as the new Hitler? The one fatal flaw with the neocons is that they are overly reliant on Nazi references which they use to demonize enemies and justify costly foreign wars that America has no real national interest being involved in. World War II has been over for nearly seventy years now so maybe someone should sit William Kristol and his ilk down and explain this reality to them.
It’s doubtful that this will work either but they are going to only succeed in making Trump radioactive to many voters in the general election and could end up giving the keys to the White House back to Bill and Hillary Clinton. But to many in the establishment that is much more preferable than having Trump and the will of the people prevail.