Republican nominee Donald Trump and his campaign are having a very difficult time in their efforts to convince themselves and the nation that they still have a viable shot at the Presidency, contrary to the mountain of polling data that shows otherwise.
The implosion continued this evening when Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich blew his top at FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly during tonight’s episode of the Kelly File when she challenged him on the polling numbers which show Trump far behind, numbers so poor that even former stalwart Republican strongholds like Texas and Arizona are now in play for the Democratic nominee.
Kelly quite reasonably pointed to the national backlash that Trump is facing from the leaked tapes which show him casually boasting of sexually assaulting women, the testimony of a dozen or so women who have accused him of sexually assaulting him, and his hamfisted attempts to gaslight the nation into somehow dismissing them all as opportunist provocateurs orchestrated by the Clinton campaign.
Gingrich didn’t like that, and proceeded to go full Trump on the stunned news anchor:
“I’m sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory that’s not true!… When you use the words, you took a position. And I think it’s very unfair of you to do that, Megyn!
You wanna go back through the tapes of your show recently? You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy! That’s what I get out of watching you tonight!”
“People like you” he says. By that, he means the media, or anybody who dares to poke holes into the fanciful delusions that the Trump campaign has constructed for itself. This kind of chauvinistic rebuke, laced with the self-righteous misogyny that old white men tend to show when challenged by a woman, shows just how unrepentant the Trump campaign truly is and how unwilling they are to face the music. Against overwhelming evidence, they will shout until they are blue in the face like spoilt toddlers – which accurately describes both the candidate and many of his surrogates – but America knows the truth, and they will pay for it on November 8th.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.