Sarah Palin Just Uncovered The Real Reason Trump Is Dominating The Polls (The Media Hates It)

Donald Trump is leading in the polls because he speaks for working class voters, according to a Breitbart column by Sarah Palin.

“Trump has tapped into America’s great populist tradition by speaking to concerns of working class voters,” Palin wrote. “He talks about fighting to bring back our factories. When was the last time a candidate talked passionately about reclaiming our manufacturing base (and knew what he was talking about)?”

Not everyone agrees. GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blamed the media for Trump’s rise in the polls to the point where he is the Republican front-runner.

“If I had a billion dollars’ worth of advertising and every network going gaga over that, I think we could get our (poll numbers) to rise also,” Paul told CNN. Paul also said he expected that the “temporary loss of sanity” over Trump would be short-lived and that eventually more serious candidates would rise to the top.”

“It’s no surprise pundits and politicos are determined to destroy a candidacy they can’t control or shape with their mere words,” Palin wrote. “Expect marginalization of anyone speaking well of Trump’s efforts. He’s a threat to the permanent political class.”

Palin’s piece emphasizes repeatedly that Trump is the lone candidate talking about the issues that truly matter to the American people. He takes stands that are in line with what they wish the leader of their country would do, she wrote.

“Trump focused in on two major populist grievances: the loss of working class jobs due to awful trade agreements, and the unfair competition for those jobs – along with security threats – due to the flood of illegal immigrants pouring across unsecured borders,” she wrote.

Further, she said, Trump stands out from the crowd.

“Trump’s unconventional candidacy is a shot in the arm for ordinary Americans fed up with the predictable poll tested blather of squishy milquetoast career politicians who campaign one way and govern another,” she wrote.

h/t: Breitbart

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Donald Trump’s Greatest Hits

Donald Trump has gotten popular, in part, by challenging the media. But he has praised journalists on occasion. His 2011 book, Time to Get Tough, said David Gregory was “doing a fine job filling some awfully big shoes over at Meet the Press.” It was a reference to legendary and highly respected host Tim Russert, who had passed away.

So-called “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd,” who replaced Gregory, is a favorite Trump target. “The thing I find most offensive about Chuck Todd is the fact that he pretends to be an objective journalist,” Trump writes, “when in reality the guy is a partisan hack.”

In many ways, as Trump said, David Gregory was doing a fine job. Some of the criticism of Gregory’s performance as “Meet the Press” host missed the mark, such as when he interviewed Edward Snowden collaborator Glenn Greenwald. As we noted at the time, some in the media were aghast that Gregory asked Greenwald a perfectly reasonable question on “Meet the Press”: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”

Snowden, the NSA leaker, has been charged with espionage and still resides in Russia.

In his book, Trump takes on Jon Stewart, the host of “The Daily Show” on the Comedy Central network who is quitting after years of service to President Obama and the liberal-left. Stewart’s strategy is spewing curse words and invective toward conservatives and Republicans.

Trump recognized Stewart as Obama’s tool before it was recently revealed that Stewart was secretly meeting with people in the Obama White House, including President Obama, in efforts “by the president and his communications team to tap into Mr. Stewart’s influence with younger voters,” as The New York Times put it.

“I actually enjoy the guy,” Trump’s book says of Stewart, “but when he did a segment mocking presidential candidate Herman Cain, and used a very racist and degrading tone that was insulting to the African American community, did he get booted off the air like Don Imus? No. Where was the Reverend Jesse Jackson? Where was the Reverend Al Sharpton? Where was Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd to provide hard-hitting journalistic ‘analysis?’  Nowhere. Stewart should have lost his job—at least temporarily. But he didn’t and he won’t because liberals in the media always get a free pass, no matter how bad their behavior.”

Cain himself had noted that Stewart had mocked him using the racially-charged “Amos & Andy” dialect. He concluded that Stewart has a problem with black conservatives.

In other comments in his book, Trump discussed the journalists “who are obsessed with protecting Obama,” noting that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is among the “big Obama fans.” He added that “it was incredible to see how overprotective reporters got toward Obama when I simply said what everyone in America was thinking: ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’”

While he praises Fox News and Roger Ailes, the executive behind the popular channel, Trump faults the “disappointing behavior by people in the press” which “occurs on both sides of the aisle,” and singles out Charles Krauthammer of Fox News for special criticism. Trump said Krauthammer had attacked him on the air as a joke candidate, and that he was not given any rebuttal time.

Discussing a speech he gave to Republicans, during which he had used “strong language,” Trump admits, “I’m not a big curser but it did take place” and the controversial remarks were reported by the media. But Trump counters: “Of course, Joe Biden dropped the f-word in front of the entire media on a stage with the president. But Biden gets a pass because he’s with Obama, and as we all know, Obama can do no wrong in the media’s eyes.”

Other quotable comments from his book include the observation that The New York Times is Obama’s “favorite newspaper,” and that “The press constantly maligns, ridicules, and mocks the Tea Party folks.”

During the current campaign, Trump has not shied away from putting reporters on the spot.

Asked a question by Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, who distorted his position on illegal immigration, Trump fired back, “You know what, that’s a typical case. Wait. That’s a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take a half a sentence, then they take a quarter of a sentence, they put it all together. It’s a typical thing. And you’re with Telemundo, and Telemundo should be ashamed.”

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he said, “Anderson, you are not a baby, okay. You are not a baby.”

Asked by NBC’s Katy Tur if he had a gun and used it, he responded, “It is none of your business, it is really none of your business. I have a license to have a gun.”

After The Wall Street Journal attacked Trump and his conservative supporters in the media, the businessman responded by saying the paper had a “dwindling” readership and “is worth about one-tenth of what it was purchased for…”

After Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard said he was “finished” with Trump, he responded, “Bill, your small and slightly failing magazine will be a giant success when you finally back Trump.”

Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz notes, “Look, Trump thrives on being attacked. He’s a great counterpuncher. He particularly relishes doing battle with the media. And this latest story hands him a big fat gift to do just that.”

That “latest story” was in The Daily Beast and concerned some allegations about alleged marital rape from Trump’s divorce proceedings. Trump’s ex-wife Ivana responded, “I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit.”

She added, “Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign.”

Since then, a story has surfaced about Trump criticizing an opposing attorney who wanted to breast-pump in front of him. Trump told CNN he may have said to her that it was “disgusting.” He added, “Bottom line. I beat her.” He said the judge had even awarded him legal fees.

For turning the tables on the media, Trump deserves the praise of those who are sick and tired of the liberal media setting the national agenda and demonizing conservatives.

I have a feeling that the Donald Trump hit parade will continue.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Even Trump Might Blush At What Conservative Activist D’Souza Just Said About Giving ‘The Finger’

For 25 years, Dinesh D’Souza has been writing, speaking, stirring passions, and making movies about the virtues of Reagan conservatism and the perils of Obama liberalism. Many people consider D’Souza one of the nation’s more thoughtful and articulate spokesmen for the kind of personal qualities and policy guidelines that have helped to make America great.

D’Souza has made two movies based on his best-selling books. The film 2016: Obama’s America, has risen to become the second highest grossing political documentary of all time. A more recent film based on his book called America opened in theaters in July, 2014.

On Thursday, D’Souza was interviewed on a Virginia-based radio show in advance of a scheduled appearance in Virginia Beach in which he will discuss how a federal judge in New York has ordered further psychological counseling because of his violation of campaign-finance laws.

Show host Steve Batton asked the man often thought of as a scholarly intellectual his opinion of the 2016 Republican candidate many might consider to be of an opposite nature — a shoot-from-the-hip “shock jock” of presidential politics. And what is Dinesh D’Souza’s opinion of the polls-dominating Donald Trump?

By clicking on the video above, you can hear for yourself — and the answer might surprise you.

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Trump Just Got Dragged Into Cecil The Lion Debate In Startling Way. His Blunt Response…

In the wake of widespread criticism over a Minnesota dentist who killed a popular lion, Cecil, during an African expedition, reporters found a new angle from which to question controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The billionaire’s sons, Eric and Donald Jr., were recently the objects of similar outrage after posting images of exotic animals they have killed during hunts. During his trip to Scotland this week, Trump was asked by reporters to react to his sons’ hobby given the reaction to Cecil the lion’s death.

“My sons love to hunt,” he asserted. “They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big believer in the Second Amendment.”

Eric, he added, “would say he puts [hunting] on par with golf, if not ahead of golf,” while his namesake is also an avid hunter.

The hunting inquiry was not the first pointed question asked by aggressive reporters in Scotland. As Western Journalism previously reported, he was confronted by a group of reporters NBC described as “combative.”

Asked whether he thinks he represents a significant portion of the U.S., Trump shot back with recent examples of his popularity among voters.

“I guess the poll today with 16 or 17 candidates had me with 25 percent and the next person as 12 percent,” he said. “So that’s a big difference. So we represent a very big section of the country.”

During the press conference, held at one of his Trump Turnberry golf resorts, the candidate also touched on issues like diplomacy. As president, he said, he would focus less on trying to appease other nations.

“I certainly don’t want to be diplomatic,” he admitted. “I mean we’re diplomatic in our country and everybody hates us all over the world.”

h/t: Daily Mail

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Why The Media Loves Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the politically unhinged train wreck equivalent of the Kardashians.

National news media executives understand the clickbait appeal of big booties and big mouths swinging around in public.

They also enjoy the fact that Trump has chosen to identify as a Republican.

Sure, “The Donald” has supported liberal issues throughout his life and has donated mightily to the Clintons; but what does that matter when he’s shouting out Lindsay Graham’s cell phone number and calling everybody names?

Just as entertaining are his responses to angry veterans, Republicans, and Neil Young, who demanded Trump stop using his song, “Rockin’ in the Free World.” First, he tells the giggly media that everybody who’s angry with him loves him. Then, he busts them.

The national media gleefully covered “The Comb-Over” detailing that “not very bright guy” Lindsay Graham “loved” him when Lindsay wanted campaign money and Neil Young “loved” him when he wanted money, too.

Fact is, both Graham and Young were busted; and Neil Young’s rep suffers a bit more as he professes support for Bernie Sanders while schmoozing “The Donald” for investment funding.

Trump is correct when he excoriates the national media for bowing to his every taunt, every slur and every unintelligible word salad dressed with the occasional structured sentence.

He cares for the opinions of no one other than his own, laughingly labeling thoughtful conservatives Charles Krauthammer and George Will as “jerks.”

He is a creature trained to deliver memorable soundbites with less depth and more sting than any other reality show performer. He writes the headlines and the punchlines, relieving reporters of heady research into actual policy fragments articulated by otherwise serious candidates.

It’s a lot easier to record, post, point and laugh at Trump than it is to research the sequence of events enriching Jeb Bush through his promotion of the outrageously controversial “Big Government” Common Core fiasco.

National reporters are relieved of the tedium to research and report on the effects of actual fiscal policies by the former Governor for result and comparison.

I get the sense that it’s more fun for political reporters on the national beat to write about Trump’s latest bloviation or “Trumpadillo” than the Clinton family enriching themselves through Hillary’s scandalous State Department favors for corporate and foreign benefactors.

There’s more.

Trump is wealthier than any of the other wealthy candidates, and he likes to spread the loot around when he can profit promotionally.

He’s getting a lot of free press right now while media executives prepare to send their reps to his staff with advertising contracts in hand.

If he stays in the race, there will come a time when Trump’s team will have to start writing checks for the kind of attention he’s getting now; and the media execs know it.

Bring him in the studio! Send the video team! Link the latest “Trumpadillo” to the Twitter and Instagram feeds and FOLLOW, LIKE and FRIEND them!

Get the copywriters screaming “Trumpadillo” headlines all across the fruited plain, and link those to the home page!

Trump may or may not be worth over $10 billion. It doesn’t matter, as long as he spends a few hundred million on advertising. He won’t admit he spent a dime, and that doesn’t matter as long as the deposits keep coming in.

At this point, there are hundreds of people running for president. Many of them are louder, more coarse and just as annoyingly entertaining as Trump. You won’t hear about them because they have no chance of spending as much money as Trump.

Don’t blame the system. They wouldn’t be heard even if the media was “required” to give all candidates air time. Metrics and rules would be created to stifle them.

Trump would still be promoted clickbait because of his historical and potential future media spending.

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