Donald Trump is barreling into Super Tuesday, rattling anyone who stands in the way — including the media.
He couldn’t have chosen a better target. Trust in the media, Gallup reports, continues to fall. Republican voters are especially distrustful of the mass media, with only 32 percent saying they believe what they read.
Cue Donald Trump.
“One of the things I’m going to do if I win … I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” he said while being endorsed yesterday in Fort Worth, Texas, by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“We’re going to open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected,” he added.
With The Donald, we’ve learned anything is possible.
He’s proven to be a gifted campaigner who can deftly toggle between using the media to his advantage while trashing them — with no visible wounds. When Trump told thousands of his supporters the media is “so dishonest,” the crowd cheered in agreement.
He creates an “Us vs. Them” divide that’s working, even if the First Amendment is threatened along the way.
At the rally, Trump also went after Washington Post and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. Trump said the only reason the fellow billionaire bought the newspaper was to gain political influence. Trump promised that if he becomes president, “Oh, do they have problems. They’re going to have such problems.”
Throughout his campaign, Trump has had very public feuds with Fox News and the network’s prime-time darling Megyn Kelly and other journalists who have crossed him up.
Few politicians, now or ever, have dared taking on the media brass in fear of backlash. But not Trump. He’s running the show and we’re all spectators.
Trump is Teflon. All the world will be watching just how indestructible he can become on Tuesday when he leaves Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in the dust of history.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive” heard 6-9 a.m. on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.
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