The announcement speech was made before a packed crowd of boisterous supporters. The speech was pure Trump. He railed against bad trade deals and open borders. It was surely politically incorrect, and the media was appalled.
As a television personality and real estate mogul, Trump was not a threat to the media, in fact, he was an amusing curiosity who garnered mostly positive coverage. As a presidential candidate, Trump was a threat to the typical politics as usual system operated by the entrenched political establishment of both parties and supported by the corrupt mainstream media.
As an independently funded businessman turned presidential candidate, Trump was a wild card. He did not need to make deals for donations. He could give voters his unvarnished opinion on the issues and that is what has made him so popular.
His initial speech as a candidate infuriated the media for it was very politically incorrect. Regarding Mexico, Trump said, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Immediately he was criticized and ostracized by NBC and the Miss Universe pageant. Amazingly, he stood firm and did not apologize, what most Republican candidates do during a controversy. He did not apologize and later did not apologize when he was eviscerated for criticizing the war record of U.S. Senator John McCain. Both controversies would have sunk every other candidate.
Trump faced unrelenting negative media coverage and constant hostility from the establishment of the Republican Party. The party elders were in favor of any of the other 16 candidates that were running against him. They could not defeat him and to their dismay, he won enough delegates for the nomination.
It did not stop party insiders from trying to steal the nomination from him at the convention in Cleveland. Fortunately, he prevailed and rode into the general election against a very unpopular opponent, Hillary Clinton.
During the presidential campaign, the media and the Democrats unveiled their secret weapon that they thought would surely destroy his campaign, the infamous Access Hollywood tape. Trump’s controversial comments were taped without his knowledge on a bus at a TV production in 2005. It was released at a time to maximize damage to Trump. Surely, his opponents thought this would finally destroy him.
Instead, he fought back at the next presidential debate and brought with him three women who had accused Hillary’s scandalous husband of varying degrees of sexual assault, including rape. He defused the scandal but in the final weeks faced a news media arrayed against him and an opponent that outspent him by a 2-1 margin. There was even social media and search engine manipulation engineered to harm his chances of victory.
Not surprisingly, the media never gave Trump any shot of beating Hillary. This surely diminished his turnout, which was the goal. They touted the polls showing Hillary comfortably ahead of Trump. On Election night, their faces of anguish were unmistakable and priceless when he was declared the victor.
Most winning presidential candidates receive a honeymoon, but not Donald Trump. He was harassed from the very beginning. From the efforts to overturn the results of the Electoral College to the boycott of his inauguration to the women’s march in Washington D.C. to the phony Steele dossier being revealed by a deceitful media, Trump was under constant attack.
It has never gotten any easier for the President. The Steele dossier, paid for by the Clinton campaign, led to a two-year Mueller investigation to determine whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign. It found no collusion and no obstruction could be proved.
In the investigation, Trump colleagues were badgered, indicted and imprisoned for activities that had nothing to do with “Russian collusion.” In contrast, Hillary Clinton was exonerated for sending top secret and confidential emails on an unsecured computer. Members of a biased Department of Justice who attempted the de-facto coup d’état of the President were never penalized with criminal indictments.
While the Mueller probe was ongoing, investigations were launched into his relationship with Stormy Daniels, his tax returns, his businesses, and his private foundation. All were conducted by a partisan House of Representatives.
Eventually, his phone call with the leader of Ukraine was leaked and investigated. This led to hearings and his eventual impeachment by the House of Representatives without a single Republican vote. The Senate trial resulted in a partisan vote to convict the President that generated only one GOP vote, well short of the necessary margin for removal.
Immediately thereafter, the Covid-19 crisis forced the government to shut down and the President has been blamed for everything from the disease deaths to the economic woes of the country.
The George Floyd murder has sparked incredible protests that led to disastrous riots. As the President tried to restore order, he was blasted by critics for threatening to use the U.S. military.
No matter what he does, his many opponents will criticize him. Independent analysts show that the mainstream media coverage of Trump has been 95% negative.
Now the media is hyping a second wave of the virus and criticizing his upcoming rally in Tulsa, even though they commended the Black Lives Matter protesters.
As he faces re-election, the odds are stacked against him and the polls show him losing to the unimpressive and clueless Joe Biden. Make no mistake, there will be a full court press to defeat him in November.
Nonetheless, Americans would be wise not to count out the man who has defied all expectations from the day he came down the escalator.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]