President Donald Trump’s second “favorite” “fake news” mainstream media, runner up to ultimate king CNN whom the President also baptized as #FNN or Fraud News Network, the New York Times, is at at again proving why it made it to the top of notoriety for spreading hatred, malice and unverified reports about Trump. This time the paper came out with a lengthy report that the GOP Establishment is starting a “shadow campaign” to bump off Trump in 2020.
The long New York Times article tilted “Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow” written by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns presented many fantastic claims but offered little, if at all, pieces of evidence as always. It started with showing how busy Republican stalwarts are in hitting the campaign trail and hastily and rather lazily concluding that therefore the GOP is forming a “shadow campaign for 2020”, in obvious snub or rejection of the current occupant of the White House who has more than expressed his enthusiasm and determination to seek reelection in 2020, complete with an already trademarked campaign slogan #Keep America Great!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Imagine if in Aug 09, you had Mark Warner & Claire McCaskill visiting Iowa & Phil Bredesen crafting a listening tour<a href="https://t.co/A2tDTVdgaf">https://t.co/A2tDTVdgaf</a></p>— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexburnsNYT/status/893945515443970049">August 5, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Imagine if in Aug 09, you had Mark Warner & Claire McCaskill visiting Iowa & Phil Bredesen crafting a listening tour<a href="https://t.co/A2tDTVdgaf">https://t.co/A2tDTVdgaf</a></p>— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexburnsNYT/status/893945515443970049">August 5, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The New York Times piece said Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse are preoccupied with what amounts to campaign rallies of sort- in Iowa and New Hampshire respectively. It also noted how Vice President Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events and activities that Republicans are supposedly joking that “he is acting more like a second term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago”.
The article went on to say that would-be candidates, supposedly challengers to Trump’s reelection bid who will start with the primary nomination, are already cultivating some of the party’s most prominent donors, courting conservative interests groups and even supposedly enhancing their profiles.
The piece was also keen in creating intrigues with how Vice President Pence is behaving “politically”. The New York Times is more than hinting that Pence is doing more than his share of traditional no. 2 guy that he is in fact already creating an independent power base. The article suggested that Pence is out to cement his status as Trump’s heir apparent and that he was promoting himself as the main conduit between the Republican donor class and the present administration.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'll pull a Les Moonves here and say this would be great for sales of my book <a href="https://t.co/r1VFyUYxMH">https://t.co/r1VFyUYxMH</a></p>— Jon Ward (@jonward11) <a href="https://twitter.com/jonward11/status/894026775918936066">August 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The article was pushing the idea that Pence’s creation of his own political fund-raising committee, Great America Committee, is proof of his “intentions”. It even boasted that Pence’s committee is overshadowing Trump’s own primary outside political group, America First Action, and even raising more in disclosed contributions.
The reporters intensified the intrigue with Pence, too, more than suggesting that even if the Vice President keeps up his public praise of Trump, and consistently continues his favorable treatment of his running mate and President even in private, his aides are supposedly dancing to a different tune. The other claimed that Pence’s aides are, in fact, acting “less restrained” in private. The piece quoted Pence’s aide Marty Obst saying they would be “prepared to run” in case there was an opening in 2020, even as the article also indicated that the aides have since denied any suggestions of their “preparations” for a Pence 2020 run.
The New York Times presented the ‘great’ observation that Pence is “methodically establishing his own identity and bestowing personal touches on people who could pay dividends in the future.” It also discussed how he is being intensely savvy with hobnobbing with potential big campaign donors. The article also gave prominence to the efforts of supposed aspirants Sasse and Cotton and their efforts to raise funds and plan their political moves.
Then the article made the fantastic claim that there were interviews “with more than 75 Republicans at every level of the party, elected officials and strategists expressed widespread uncertainty about whether Mr. Trump would be on the ballot in 2020 and little doubt that others in the party are engaged in barely veiled contingency planning.”
But the article, of course, did not substantiate such claim, the interviewees were not named, the authenticity of the sources not verified. The one person they would quote to justify that claim is “only” Sen. John McCain, a true blue Trump hater. The article quoted him as saying,” They see weakness in this President. Look, it’s not a nice business we’re in.”
The New York Times just wants to forward the narrative that Trump is in so much disarray, governance-wise and in managing the affairs of his own party that winning the nomination for a 2020 rerun may be in jeopardy as well as his supposed presidency under threat. Just like in last year’s campaign, the paper is just eager to undermine Trump anew, make him appear weaker than he is, or even a non-serious contender. Seems like the liberal paper has not learned their bitter lessons in their favored candidate Hillary Clinton’s crushing defeat last year.
Perhaps, it is also a way to take the limelight away from the alarming fact for liberals and Democrats that for all their efforts to undermine Trump, the legitimacy of his hard-earned victory in the polls, his Presidency and his administration’s lofty plans to bring about change, and cast shadows on his ability to win a reelection bid, they have yet to establish a Democrat candidate who stands a chance of challenging Trump anew. Hillary would not give up hopes- or delusions yet of her presidential ambitions- but the party is not about to commit another suicide with her. She is so done and over with. The other names being floated unfortunately for them do not inspire enthusiasm among supporters, or incite fears in the hearts of opponents.
Who, really? The trite “oldies” Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders whose chances and time have passed? The next tier of potential, younger but little-known Democrats like Sen. Tim Kaine, Sen. Cory Booker, Kamara Harris, Chris Murphy, among the handfuls and hopefuls?
The list is uninspired and uninspiring, not to mention too weak. Maybe in desperate efforts to conceal that fact while hoping someone from their sorry ranks emerges to catch the imagination and win the support of donors and the American public, the Democrat-apologist New York Times would rather give time and space to attempting to undermine Trump’s strength again and again. They have always tried, and they continue to try. At least, give them the persistence to resist. Anyway, the outcome in 2016 and 2020 will be the same- a stinging defeat to the liberals, the left and the Democrats and their mainstream media allies.