(Accuracy in Media) -- When the media went with the recording of Donald J. Trump’s dirty talk about women, the result was predictable. Some terrified Republicans abandoned ship. But the ship was not sinking. Trump used the personal attacks as fuel for a counter-offensive that had the media—and Hillary—reeling.
During the debate, Trump praised Hillary for having the will to fight. But it’s Trump who is anxious and willing to fight, especially when he is attacked on spurious grounds with words spoken 11 years ago. He effectively turned the tables—assembling female victims of the Clintons in a news conference before the debate—and then made reference to some of them during the debate. These were not words, he emphasized. These women were actual victims. And Hillary was one of the victimizers.
The Republicans who abandoned Trump were victims, in a sense, as well. They had gotten scared in the face of a carefully orchestrated attack using a major liberal media organ, The Washington Post. They figured that the only way out, in order to stay on the side of the media, was to dump Trump. But Trump’s aggressive performance in the debate means that the “self-righteous” Republicans who abandoned him are going to suffer even more.
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