Right-Wing Media Panic Over Donald Trump's Front-Runner Status On Super Tuesday

Right-Wing Media: If Trump Gets Nomination, "The GOP In Its Current Form Ends"

››› ››› BRENDAN KARET

Right-wing media figures lamented Donald Trump's primary success, after he won the majority of Republican primary contests on Super Tuesday. Their attacks against the front-runner follows a New York Times report on the formation of the "Our Principles" political action committee, a right wing PAC devoted to a "full-fledged campaign against Donald J. Trump."

Right-wing media figures lamented Donald Trump's primary success, after he won the majority of Republican primary contests on Super Tuesday. Their attacks against the front-runner follows a New York Times report on the formation of the "Our Principles" political action committee, a right wing PAC devoted to a "full-fledged campaign against Donald J. Trump."

Donald Trump Wins Majority Of Republican Primary Contests On Super Tuesday; GOP Funded "Our Principles" PAC Created To Stop Trump 

WashPost: "After Super Tuesday, The Republican Party Is Figuring Out How To Grieve." On March 1, The Washington Post reported on the disarray in the GOP following Donald Trump's win of seven states on Super Tuesday:

The window for stopping Donald Trump closed almost completely Tuesday night, leaving the demoralized anti-Trump forces with two weeks and no agreed-upon strategy for denying the New York billionaire the Republican presidential nomination.

[...]

For the GOP establishment, Super Tuesday had nightmarish qualities. Not only did Trump tighten his grip on the nomination, but the only candidate who has been able to beat him more than once so far is Cruz, the nemesis of Republican congressional leaders and what the Texas senator likes to call the "Washington cartel." In a choice between Trump and Cruz, many who could be counted as part of that establishment would be hard-pressed to declare a preference.

What is remarkable is that the anti-Trump forces only recently awoke to the reality that Trump was on track to take the nomination. Instead, Trump has awakened a voting bloc that has soured on the party leadership. As he has continued to win, his support has continued to grow. In Georgia, Alabama and Massachusetts, he was winning with more than 40 percent of the vote.

For months, the party elite dismissed Trump, seeing him as a candidate who would burn himself out before the end of 2015. When he proved capable of surviving mistakes and misstatements that hurt most normal candidates, they then assumed that, when the primaries began, voters would reject him in favor of one of any number of establishment candidates who were then in the race.

Today, those desperate to prevent Trump from hijacking the party recognize his strength and his seeming inevitability but seem powerless to stop him. [The Washington Post3/1/16]

Republican-Funded "Our Principles" PAC Announces "Full-Fledged Campaign Against Donald J. Trump.In a March 1 article for The New York Times, Maggie Haberman reported efforts to boost staffing and opposition research in the conservative "Our Principles PAC," created for a "full-fledged campaign against Donald J. Trump -- and his surrogates -- in an effort to thwart his rise, including hiring the former communications director to Jeb Bush and creating an opposition research wing." The Times also reports the PAC will focus on "Mr. Trump's words and business record," and highlight "Mr. Trump's refusal on Sunday to disavow the former Ku Klux Klan official David Duke." [The New York Times, 3/1/16]

Right Wing Media: If Trump Gets Nomination, "The GOP In Its Current Form Ends"

National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy: If Donald Trump Is Nominated, Trump University Will Inoculate The Clinton Foundation. In a March 1 tweet, National Review columnist Andrew C. McCarthy wrote "Romneycare stopped @MittRomney from exploit Obamacare. If @realDonaldTrump nom'd, #TrumpUniversity will inoculate #ClintonFoundation fraud":

[Twitter.com, 3/1/16]

Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin: If Donald Trump "Is The Nominee The GOP In Its Current Form Ends." In a March 1 tweet, Washington Postcolumnist Jennifer Rubin wrote that if Donald Trump "is the nominee the GOP in its current form ends":

New York Times' Ross Douthat: I "Can't Believe Trump Has Reduced Me To Rooting For These People." In a March 1 tweet, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote he "Can't believe Trump has reduced me to rooting for these people":

[Twitter.com, 3/1/16]

Resurgent's Erick Erickson: "Dear GOP: Pretty Clear Attacks On Trump Do Work. Time To Go All In Against Him." In a March 1 tweet, The Resurgent writer Erick Erickson tweeted "Dear GOP: Pretty clear attacks on Trump do work. Time to go all in against him":

[Twitter.com, 3/1/16]

Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro: "Perhaps The Purpose Of This Election Was Only To Serve As A Warning To Other Planets." In a March 1 tweet, Dailywire.com editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro wrote "Perhaps the purpose of this election was only to serve as a warning to other planets":

[Twitter.com, 3/1/16]

Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol: "VA Called For Trump. Drinking Heavily." In a March 1 tweet, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol wrote "VA called for Trump. Drinking heavily. (Just kidding, suits at @ABC, whose coverage I'm part of later. That brown liquid is apple cider.)":

[Twitter.com, 3/1/16]

National Review's Jonah Goldberg: "A Trump GOP Nomination Will Represent A Public Relations Triumph For Planned Parenthood." In a March 1 tweet,National Review's Jonah Goldberg wrote "A Trump GOP nomination will represent a public relations triumph for Planned Parenthood unimaginable a year ago":

[Twitter.com, 3/1/16]

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