For a man who called undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists” and seems to enjoy the position of “straight shooter,” Trump sure has thin skin. After The Des Moines Register ran an op-ed calling for him to drop out of the race, Trump’s campaign barred Register reporters from covering his campaign even in Iowa.
The Credibility Problem
The Republicans have more problems than just a minority voter one. Their very credibility as a long-term party is at stake, and most observers understand that Trump, far from reinforcing the credibility of the party, is actually a danger to it.
On Monday, the paper published an editorial that labeled Trump a “bloviating side show” and called for him to drop out of the race:
By using his considerable wealth, his celebrity status, and his mouth to draw attention to himself, rather than to raise awareness of the issues facing America, he has coarsened our political dialogue and cheapened the electoral process. He has become ‘the distraction with traction’ — a feckless blowhard who can generate headlines, name recognition and polling numbers not by provoking thought, but by provoking outrage.
They slammed his McCain comments, calling them “disgraceful”, as well:
If Trump, our would-be commander in chief, doesn’t like POWs, how does he feel about men and women killed in action?
His comments were not merely offensive, they were disgraceful. So much so, in fact, that they threaten to derail not just his campaign, but the manner in which we choose our nominees for president. By using his considerable wealth, his celebrity status, and his mouth to draw attention to himself, rather than to raise awareness of the issues facing America, he has coarsened our political dialogue and cheapened the electoral process.
Teflon Don, perhaps confused by what an editorial is, issued a statement condemning The Des Moines Register for its “dishonest reporting.”
In his statement, Trump called them “sophomoric,” and added, “The Des Moines Register has lost much circulation, advertising, and power over the last number of years. They will do anything for a headline, and this poorly written ‘non-endorsement’ got them some desperately needed ink.”
If that were all there was to this story, then it really wouldn’t be noteworthy — “editorial board calls for politician to drop out of race” isn’t unusual news. But, alas, Trump felt it necessary to carry over his vendetta, banning the news paper with a readership of almost 360,000 from covering his campaign in Iowa.
On Friday, the newspaper reported Trump had barred one of the reporters and columnists from attending a Saturday event hosted by his campaign. Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, supposedly informed the paper that it’d been denied the credentials needed because of their editorial on Monday.
“We’re not issuing credentials to anyone from the Des Moines Register based on the editorial that they wrote earlier in the week,” Lewandowski said, according to the Register.
This move was criticized by the vice president for audience engagement at The Des Moines Register, Amalie Nash, who in a statement said they were “disappointed” at the steps Trump’s campaign took. She continued:
As we previously said, the editorial has no bearing on our news coverage. We work hard to provide Iowans with coverage of all the candidates when they spend time in Iowa, and this is obviously impeding our ability to do so. We hope Mr. Trump’s campaign will revisit its decision instead of making punitive decisions because we wrote something critical of him.