Republican nominee Donald Trump warned this week that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats might try to rig the election and steal the White House in much the same fashion they screwed Bernie Sanders out of the nomination. That struck some as fanciful and struck others as plausible, but the truth is that even if such a coup could be pulled off, Clinton may have little need for it. With the entire mainstream media acting as a surrogate for her campaign, Hillary Clinton is sitting pretty with less than 100 days to go until election day.
Last week, with the Democratic National Convention anointing Hillary in Philadelphia, the media was embarrassing itself in its worship of the criminal nominee. This week, Hillary’s become an afterthought, drowned out by relentless coverage of Trump…none of it positive. From his ongoing feud with Khizr Khan to reports of a campaign in disarray to Republican officials allegedly planning to replace him before the end of August, the media is proving that their negative slant on Trump in the primaries was just a warmup to the main event.
Even some of Trump’s closest allies are expressing concerns.
“The current race is which of these two is the more unacceptable, because right now, neither of them is acceptable,” said Newt Gingrich. “Trump is helping her to win by proving he is more unacceptable than she is.”
Really? How can that be possible? It’s more unacceptable to respond to the Khans than it is to violate federal law and place national security at risk? It’s more unacceptable to withhold an endorsement from Paul Ryan than it is to fund the Islamic rebels in Syria who ultimately went on to become ISIS? It’s more unacceptable to joke about a crying baby than it is to blatantly steal your party’s nomination?
Gingrich has been watching too much TV.
But then, he’s not the only one. A new Fox News poll shows that Trump has fallen ten points behind Hillary since the conventions, and the reports of GOP panic are probably not exaggerated. As expected, the media has become a single-minded attack machine, and this onslaught is having its intended effect.
As nice as it would be to wave all of this away, we have to face reality. And the reality is that Trump is in serious trouble.
For conservatives who weren’t completely sold on The Donald ideologically, there was a silver lining to his victory in the primaries. He was no Ted Cruz, but his seeming immunity from liberal media attacks showed promise. Could it be that we had found the one guy who could withstand the inevitable months of biased reporting and still come out on top? If so, it was worth sacrificing an issue or two; better to have a quasi-conservative in the White House than Hillary Clinton.
But if things keep going the way they’re going, that silver lining will quickly vanish. Trump still has time to recover, but he doesn’t have forever. And the media is just going to get more vicious the closer we get to the election. Trump doesn’t need to do that “presidential pivot” thing that everyone talks about, but he does need to get back to the central message of his campaign. Focus on Hillary, focus on Obama, and focus on making American great again. The media’s going to do what they do, but he doesn’t need to hand them any extra ammo.