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We Journalists Helped To Build Monster Trump

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We Journalists Helped To Build Monster Trump

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump flexes his muscles while visiting a Nevada Republican caucus site in Las Vegas

Let us review.

Donald Trump on former prisoner of war John McCain:

“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Donald Trump on Mexican immigrants:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Donald Trump, after learning that two of his supporters beat up a Latino man in his name:

“I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”

Donald Trump on Muslims, reading his own press release to a cheering crowd of supporters:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Donald Trump on Rosie O’Donnell:

“If I were running ‘The View,’ I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.'”

Donald Trump on Arianna Huffington, via Twitter:

“(Arianna Huffington) is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.”

Donald Trump on Megyn Kelly (after she reminded him during the first Republican debate that he has called women he doesn’t like “fat pigs,” “dogs,” “slobs” and “disgusting animals”): Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.” Later, via Twitter, he called Kelly a “bimbo.”

Donald Trump on President Obama, via Twitter: “Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

And this, from Trump’s victory speech this week in Nevada, where he won 45.9 percent of the votes:

“We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”

This man, who wants to be our president, celebrating one of the causes of poverty in America.

We in the media helped to create this monster.

Sure, Donald Trump is the inevitable outcome of years of Republican pandering to the far right, but we gave him wings.

Not all of us, but too many of us, cast his hateful rhetoric as entertaining. It was “wacky.”

“Outrageous.” “Crazy.” I found all of these descriptions with a quick Google search. They sound like reviews of a skit from “Saturday Night Live” — which Trump has hosted, of course, because he’s just so entertaining.


The day after Trump won Nevada, the latest Quinnipiac poll showed him beating Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich by five points — in Ohio.

This poll came out the day after Kasich, the GOP candidate the media has painted as a moderate, told a crowd in Virginia that he owed his victory in 1978 to “women, who left their kitchens” to go knock on doors for him. Unbeknownst to Kasich, apparently, many women were pursuing careers by ’78, and those still at home were doing plenty of work that had nothing to do with food preparation.

Kasich’s depiction of women came as no surprise to those of us here in Ohio who remember his public claim that political wives are “doing the laundry” while guys like him chase their dreams. John Kasich sees women as enablers of male ambition, and his political pawns. And so last weekend he signed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, which means a loss of state money for breast-cancer screenings, STD testing and other health care that has nothing to do with abortion.

What a moderate, that guy Kasich.

And now he’s losing to Trump, in his own state.  Donald Trump on his popularity:

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

Pundits, one after another, complain, “He’s not funny anymore.”

With a straight face, they say this.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism. She is the author of two books, including “…and His Lovely Wife,” which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. To find out more about Connie Schultz (con.schultz@yahoo.com) and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

Photo: Donald Trump flexes his muscles as he talks with caucus participants while visiting a Nevada Republican caucus site at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas.      REUTERS/Jim Young  

Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicated. Schultz won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She has also published two books: Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths -- a collection of her previously published columns -- and ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which chronicled her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

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  1. FireBaron February 25, 2016

    So now the media is finally owning up to its monster. And even after all of his problems with Fox, he still gets invited every time they need a ratings boost.

    1. Theodora30 February 25, 2016

      Journalists have enabled right wing propaganda and dirty tricks for years. It was mainstream outlets that pushed the completely bogus Whitewater scam. They showed little outrage when Repunlicans spent out tax dollars investigating the Clintons for murder, when Gore was lied about, when Kerry’s war heroism was trashed….the list is long.

      Yesterday the media was reporting that Hillary’s aides might have to testify to see if Hillary had been trying to skirt the federal public records law. Not one person pointed out that Colin Powell had all of his emails destroyed but he is not being investigated for violating the public records law. The double standard has aided Republicans smear campaigns against Democratic candidates that are head and shoulders above theirs.

      1. plc97477 February 25, 2016

        We used to have laws to keep our news outlets fair and honest but reagan the deregulator ended that.

      2. nana4gj February 25, 2016

        Republicans have honed the skill and the willingness to defame, slander, attack, manufacture “narratives”, whatever it has taken, to demean, delegitimize whomever they perceive as a threat to them. They have perfected the gerrymandering of elections.

        They certainly prove they know how to obstruct, sabotage, undermine, anything they chose for the sake of their political agendas and ideology. Yet, they have done nothing to nip Trump in the bud, and the RNC defends him.

        I have to conclude they don’t care who secures an election for them, just so one of them does, for power. I can also assume they endorse his facisim and his obvious problems with racism and all the other “isms”, TNTM. If they were not totally appalled with the neonazis and white supremacists endorsement of Trump, then, they must be just fine with his representation of their Party.

        A pundit for Republicans yesterday was waxing on about how neat it would be for the country to be “restored” with a Republican House, a Republican Senate, a Republican in the WH……and, I honestly thought and waited for her to say, ….and a Republican Supreme Court.

      3. dpaano February 26, 2016

        YEs, but I never see any of the Democrats stand up and make a stand for anything that Trump says and which are blatant lies. Why don’t they stand up and let the world know the truth!!!

  2. latebloomingrandma February 25, 2016

    I wonder what the historians and sociologists are saying about the Trump phenomenon. I don’t think I’ve ever been more frightened for our country, and I don’t scare easily anymore at my age. I truly do not get any of this. He is a despicable person on every level and I fear knows little about governing this country. The world has enough megalomaniac, we certainly don’t need one in charge of the free world. I’m sure the rest of the world is also in fear of a President Trump, and it has nothing to do with his own perceived toughness.

  3. Sara PS February 25, 2016

    This isn’t just FOX. CNN and ALL NBC outlets had a hand. Even the vapid Today Show consistently features him in the first and sometimes first AND second segments and don’t get me started on Morning blowhole Joe and lil miss giggly Mika who perceives herself to be a role model for girls. The click bait for ad revenue news model is beyond broken and we now live in an age where those who report the “news” want to be a part of the story instead of just factually reporting it. Most news has been dumbed down to soundbits of fury signifying nothing.

    1. Irishgrammy February 25, 2016

      Oh Sara PS, you are so on point!!!! Just commented on MSNBC myself a couple of days ago about Loud Mouth Joe and Mealy Mouth Mika and their fluff interview with The Donald. And Joe has the temerity to complain that others in the media criticized the interview for exactly what it was, pandering on an epic scale…….Some serious investigative journalist needs to do some heavy lifting here and confront this outrageously hateful man and expose what he is and has been for years, even if his “followers” don’t believe the truth, the majority of people in this country will be informed with the truth and facts, after that we can only hope for the best outcome, that Trump will go back to the Trump Towers as he roams his palace late at night, passing every gold encrusted mirror he passes trying to convince himself he is still the greatest, the best, the smartest, all fantasies from his own twisted arrogant self perception, attempting to not acknowledge in reality that, the bloated, puffy, morally bankrupt slob that really is in the refection from those mirrors and that he has truly exposed him as the looser he is, and has always been!

      1. nana4gj February 25, 2016

        In the beginning, as I was trying to pinpoint a diagnosis, looking up behavior patterns, symptoms….all so obvious!!….I came across so many that were applicable, it was impossible to narrow one down. But in a description of one, cannot remember which but they all involved this juvenile, grandiose, disrespect for authority, obsession with women’s appearances and physiology and disgust with it, et al, it said professional treatment seldom provides any insight into the individual, but, frequent and enough criticism and rejection will send them into deep, deep depressions for which they are often sent in for treatment of that. So, while critics may suffer temporarily with his ugly attacks, if enough keep it up, bam! bam! bam! it may work.

        1. Irishgrammy February 25, 2016

          If you want to really get sick to your stomach and listen to some of the most disgusting male chauvinist remarks, you can listen to these radio programs of another creep, Howard Stern http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/donald-trump-said-a-lot-of-gross-things-about-women-on-howar#.qpj7qwWwv
          Now THIS creature is running for the most powerful position in the world, and when you stop to really think about that, I tell you, I can’t even fathom the repercussions of what a catastrophe for the US and the world it will be……..AS well as David Duke the Grand Wizard of the KKK just endorsed the orange man today along with many White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi groups rallying to Trump. Predictably Trump will make excuses that “he can’t help who supports his candidacy” there is only one reason these groups are backing Trumps and loves his nasty, bigoted rhetoric, and it ain’t peace and love………..!!!!!!!!

  4. nana4gj February 25, 2016

    I’ve been complaining about this for the entire duration. I haven’t known what was worse, the obvious collective pathology of symptoms exhibited by this man who would be President, or the blatant failure of the Fourth Rail of Democracy to identify the dangers they pose to democracy.

    It isn’t that they failed to display that pathology. On the contrary. It was 24/7, interrupting regular programing to cover the insane rants and more insane responses of those who adore him. Coverage of Trump has pre-empted any news anywhere in the world and at home, ever since he started this LSD trip.

    It’s what they did with that coverage. They enabled his pathology, celebrated it, marveled at it, legitimized it, as if he had a serious and worthwhile message that spoke for all Americans, even after having covered the endorsement by neo nazis and White Supremacists, which was barely a blimp on the screen for the press. Even if the press cannot identify disease pathology staring them in the face, they surely cann add two and two together from celebrated endorsements by the neo nazis and White Supremacists.

    Trump has been tailor made for the press to exercise their role as the Fourth Rail of Democracy. They failed, miserably. They continue to wait for the political party he runs under to do something about it. That’s like expecting the Nazis to have stopped Hitler in his tracks from turning Germany into renewed Greatness with the same platform as Trump”s: exploiting economy and scapegoating impure races for it.

    1. Irishgrammy February 25, 2016

      BRAVO, nana4gj……..have expressed my EXACT observations as well!!!!!!!!
      Have never been able to stomach The Donald, even before any talk of running for President. Take your pick of what ever assessments have been made about this bloviating, narcissistic creature, they all apply. He started his “campaign” with racist xenophobic rants, has added multiple groups to that long growing list of people to scapegoat, along with his thin skinned responses to ANYONE who has anything remotely negative to say about him, and his numerous extreme ideas of how to handle the worlds problems which are always expressed in generalities, never specifics …….the press/media/reporters/ you name it, have failed miserably and have been dealing with this orange freak with kid gloves because they dare not “offend” the Donald for fear he might not interview with them for superficial ratings………..at this point it is imperative to…… OFFEND the HELL out of the Donald with facts and truth, insisting on real answers, policies, actions to be taken to address real issues and if the media as a whole, united, , do it, he won’t have any other option other than facing down his own delusional self perception! Maybe, just maybe he will be exposed as a personification of the disease he embodies, the puss from an infected wound that is this country’s major failing, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, scapegoating the powerless, an utter denial that we are not as “great” as we think we are until we can “fix” our own moral failings in this country!

      1. nana4gj February 25, 2016

        Amen to all you said !

  5. patrick g van meter February 25, 2016

    You people have done everything you can to promote Trump while not even mentioning Sanders. Supporting Trump proves how dumb the American people are you haven’t been much help. The only way he could lose is to stand in the middle of 5th avenue and let somebody shoot him. I hope they are a good shot.

    1. dpaano February 26, 2016

      Me…Me….let me do it!!!

  6. greenlantern1 February 25, 2016

    Who aired his “show” in the first place?

  7. Wayne Thorson February 25, 2016

    When Trump started to run for president it was nothing but a joke. Just like Stephen Colbert in the last election. The media grabbed on to his one liners and weak minded Americans jumped on it cause they were entertained.. He ran as a Republican cause everyone knows we have had the biggest and worst do nothing congress this country has ever had. I can’t wait until the media start asking him some real questions on how he plans on doing all he has said he is going to do. It is going to be interesting.

    1. charleo1 February 25, 2016

      I too would like to see media asking Tump some serious questions, and follow ups demanding serious answers. But, I’m not holding my breath. Because in the grand scheme of all things corporate. He might not be as dependable a shill as say a Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or Chris Christy. But close enough with another water boy like Scalia appointed to the bench. So it’s all good, or bad, depending on how many millions or billions is in your bank account.

    2. dpaano February 26, 2016

      He has absolutely NO ideas for how he’s going to accomplish what he says he’s going to accomplish. He doesn’t realize that he’s running for President, not King! He can’t just go into the oval office and start dismantling everything in sight…it doesn’t work that way, but he seems to think it does. Interesting!

  8. charleo1 February 25, 2016

    Has the media “allowed,” the deteriorating conversation in the public square? Reinforced the nutty, by failing to debunk the conspiracy? Or defended the reality of climate change against the all out efforts of the fossil fuel industry to turn the science into dark plot? It seems the answer is unequivocally yes, and no, depending on who you ask. Which is to say the information to settle the big disputes has been widely reported, and just as widely called into question, depending on which news source one decides to listen to, and deem credible. News you can choose brought us Trump which like news producers, or entertainers of any ilk, figure out exactly what to say, or sing, or dress, to push the buttons of entire segments of the American public that now expect to have their buttons pushed. Or click, they turn the channel, and they keep clicking, until their buttons are thoroughly pushed. It’s come to be considered a “Right.” As in the customer is always right! Just, well, I’was going to say, “like Trump.” But that’s just repeating myself.

  9. 1standlastword February 25, 2016

    The media is nothing more than a collective microphone for anybody with a BIG mouth and the most salacious speech which average Americans saturated themselves listening and watching to anesthetize their anger and boredom.

    Stop with the phucking nonsense!

    Saint Reagan started empowering The Donald when he spoketh the great biblical claim: Government is the problem. The chowder heads in this “Modern- Do-Nothing-“r”epublican Party” go on and on about how government is broken while they continue to break it (plenty of recent examples since GWB..no need to list) and repeat The Holy One’s sanctified claim that “Government is the problem”

    That is how Trump was created!

    The media is just a microphone. The media can’t create what is not already there and it gives Americans what the like which is a steady diet of vapid putrid slop to feed on to medicate anger and boredom.

    The narrative that should be discussed is the inward decay of America but that is not sexy. Rather we circle jerk about our exceptionalism

  10. tranz2deep February 25, 2016

    Poor, poor GOP.

    I can hardly believe it took you this long to realize the truth of the rubber crutch joke–it’s not funny for the guy falling down.

  11. ray February 25, 2016

    Trump has never been funny. He has always been a thug and a bully. That is whats wrong with are country.People think he is entertaining!

    1. docb February 25, 2016

      Trump gets so angry. His inner shame and anger are PALPABLE The ease with which he can be manipulated has Putin and others grinning with uncontrollable anticipation.

  12. Otto Greif February 25, 2016

    Trump has made the liberal media his bitch. It’s hilarious.

    1. dpaano February 26, 2016

      No, it’s not….it’s sad!

  13. @HawaiianTater February 25, 2016

    “We Journalists Helped To Build Monster Hillary”

    If you’re going to acknowledge one, you have to acknowledge both.

    1. ralphkr February 26, 2016

      Actually, Tater, it has been the Congressional Republicans who helped build the Monster Bill and then the Monster Hillary. All their failed attempts to destroy each of then, both separately and together, had gradually built up Bill from a hack southern politician to a great man and Hillary from an unknown to an admired woman.


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