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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has an extensive history of attacking the media, and his campaign and supporters have joined in the fight throughout the election. The nominee, his surrogates, and his supporters have called media outlets and reporters across the spectrum “dishonest,” “neurotic,” “dumb,” and a “waste of time,” and until recently, the campaign had a media blacklist of outlets that weren’t allowed into campaign events.
Media figures roundly criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for campaigning on his claim that Mexico would pay for a border wall, then subsequently admitting he “didn’t discuss payment of the wall” when meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Right-wing media are distorting a new report in The Wall Street Journal detailing a payment of $400 million from the United States government to the Iranian government to resolve an arms sale dispute dating to 1981. Conservative outlets are suggesting the payment “was definitely ransom” paid for American prisoners held in Iran, claiming “the administration did not reveal this to the public,” suggesting that Hillary Clinton was wrong to say the report is “old news,” and that airlifting cash to make the payment was essentially “money laundering.” But past reporting and explanations from the administration reveal “no concrete evidence that the cash payment was, in fact, a ransom,” that many of the details of the payments were made public in January, Clinton correctly noted the payment has been public for “seven or eight months,” and making the payment in cash was the only way to legally do it due to economic sanctions against Iran.
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin downplayed the historic relevance of Hillary Clinton becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, claiming that “the lack of suspense” over Clinton’s victory and that there have been “women in high places for decades” somehow made her nomination less historic.
In her column, Rubin describes Clinton’s nomination as a “significant” rebuke of “the far-right media” and Donald Trump’s “nonchalant misogyny,” but claimed “gender simply is not as big a deal in 21st-century America as race still is”:
Some of the “wow” factor is diminished by the lack of suspense. Clinton has been running for president forever (well, about 10 years), and despite a mild scare from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was always going to be the nominee. A surprise, this was not.
Moreover, gender simply is not as big a deal in 21st-century America as race still is. We’ve had women in high places for decades, and we do not have a divide between the sexes (thank goodness) to the degree that we still have along racial lines. We fought a civil war and a brutal battle to do away with Jim Crow. I could go on, but most would agree that this is not as big a deal as nominating or electing the first African American. Frankly, seeing civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was repeatedly beaten and jailed in the 1960s, put Clinton’s name into nomination only underscored the lack of equivalence.
Clinton’s nomination is nevertheless significant and a testament to Americans’ devotion to equality, which to a large degree defines the United States. It is a rebuke to the sophomoric and nonchalant misogyny of Donald Trump and some of the far-right media.
We can hope this lowers the heat on the “war against women” rhetoric, but do not count on it. Americans, after nearly eight years of President Obama, are signaling record levels of pessimism about race relations. Let’s hope that if she wins, Clinton does not do for gender relations what Obama did for race relations.
Media figures criticized the “mock trial” led by Chris Christie against Hillary Clinton during the second night of the Republican National Convention, denouncing delegates’ calls to “lock her up” as a “third world” “banana republic” that is “not a healthy sign” for democracy.
Right-wing media figures reacted to the Republican National Convention’s nomination of Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee by claiming that the GOP is “willingly commit[ing] suicide” and expressing anger over the official nominating process.
Media figures across the political spectrum ridiculed the “awkwardness” of Trump’s announcement that he has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) to be his vice presidential running mate. Several figures called the move a “complete mess” and “the worst rollout ever.”
Right-wing media figures criticized presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s reported decision to tap Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, calling Pence a “not-smart coward” with “low energy.”
Conservatives are praising Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy speech as "one of her best," after she called Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, “dangerously incoherent” and suggested he should “never have the nuclear code.”
When last we left GOP establishment mainstay and Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, she was engaging in a hairpin turn from deriding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for standing in the way of Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) presidential run to praising Cruz and urging Rubio to drop out in order to stop Donald Trump from gaining the Republican presidential nomination.
Since then, the establishment’s collapse has only accelerated. Trump has gained enough delegates to clinch the nomination, the Republican Party’s elected leaders are rallying around him, and the #NeverTrump crowd has failed miserably in its efforts to find a “true conservative” candidate willing to run as an independent.
Rubin has responded with increasingly frantic suggestions, calls, and most recently demands for someone -- anyone -- to step up and save the GOP establishment now that GOP primary voters have kicked it to the curb. Watch the progression through a sampling of headlines from Rubin's Washington Post Right Turn blog over the past 10 days, from her statement that she is “breaking up” with the GOP to today's declaration that Mitt Romney is “out of excuses” not to “save the country” with a third run for president:
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As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered what was billed as a “major foreign policy speech,” conservative media personalities attacked him on Twitter, calling the speech a “sickening display of revisionism,” asking if the candidate was “medicated” while giving the address, and declaring that “this is why we’ll need a third” party candidate.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential election after losing his home state of Florida in the state's March 15 primary. The media had touted Rubio's candidacy throughout the race, despite his poor performance in debates and GOP primaries. Here's a look back at the media's promotion of the Marco Rubio presidential candidacy.
As Republican voters have rejected Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid in primary after primary, the establishment wing of the conservative media has gone from cheerleading for his candidacy to calling for the Florida senator to withdraw from the race and rallying behind Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as the only way to prevent the nomination of Donald Trump. The nomination of either candidate would be a nightmare for the establishment: They despise Cruz for using political tactics that prioritize his own success over the movement (and for generally being a jerk), and have derided Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian" who is unfit for the presidency due to his stupidity, bigotry, and opportunism.
A sample of Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin's headlines over the past month illustrates the establishment's slow-motion collapse and its runaway rush through the stages of grief. Rubin spent much of the 2012 presidential primary and general election blatantly shilling for Mitt Romney; after his defeat, she criticized his campaign in ways that starkly contradicted her glowing write-ups over the previous weeks.
A month ago, Rubin was openly rooting for Rubio and condemning Cruz as someone whom "lots and lots of people" consider "socially awkward, nasty dishonest, a blatant apple-polisher and all-around creepy guy." As the weeks passed and Rubio's losses mounted, she repeatedly declared that Cruz was on the verge of defeat and promoted Rubio as the best candidate to stop Trump. But by Sunday she was finally coming to terms with the possibility of Cruz being the only alternative to Trump (while arguing that he would need to adopt "Jeb Bush's policy handbook," among other things, to gain establishment support). Yesterday, she declared that it was time for Rubio to drop out. Watch the progression through the headlines from Rubin's Washington Post Right Turn blog. If even she can no longer put lipstick on the pig, the establishment is well and truly fucked.