Michael Gaynor
To become president, Donald Trump should follow Newt Gingrich's feisty example and attack media bias, but not all his advice
By Michael Gaynor
October 3, 2016

Bottom line: Trump never should let his silence be taken for acquiescence in scurrilous charges. He should briefly deny them, explain that the biased media and the desperate Team Clinton can't be trusted to tell the truth, and focus on making his points. He should counterattack the media and Team Clinton instead of the political pawns put forward to distract him, like there Kahns and the former Miss Universe.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to make America great again and needs to be President to do it.

He says it will be a waste of time, money and energy for him if he does not win.

That's not an important reason to vote for him, but this is: He can make America great again and no one else is in a position to do so.

Trump is running against Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

She is offering a third Obama term and planning to appoint persons who got immunity deals because they would have pled the Fifth Amendment without the deals.

Clinton, he can beat.

He's simply more accomplished, competent, trustworthy and likeable.

He's not trying to become President because his spouse was a President.

And he publicly disclosed his weight. (Clinton has been keeping her weight more protected that the classified information she chose to put on her privater server for her convenience.)

Unfortunately, Trump's also running against lame duck President Barack Obama, who envisions his executive orders being rescinded by President Obama and is verbally lashing black voters to vote for Clinton, lest he take offense.

With Obamacare collapsing and blacks worse off as the Age of Obama comes to a close than they were when it began, Obama is banking on a racial appeal and it doesn't seem to be working as well this time.

More importantly, Trump is also running against mainstream media bias and the bipartisan establishment that loathes the thought of an outsider like Trump becoming President.

Dealing with them is Trump's biggest challenge, because they want to demonize him and be ignored in the process.

Gingrich is a skilled debater and can give Trump some pointers.

But telling Trump to disregard character assassination attempts is asking him to be less than candid with the American people and untrue to himself.

Not going to happen!

Gingrich tried and failed to win the Republican presidential nomination and Trump showed Gingrich how to do it.

Fortunately, Trump picked Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate instead of former Speaker Gingrich.

That was PRESIDENTIAL on Trump's part.

Gingrich is supporting Trump, while occasionally barking out silly orders.

The latest: "You can't tweet at 3:00 in the morning. Period. There's no excuse. Ever. Not if you're gonna be president of the United States. So he's really gotta decide... If he's gotta be himself, then he may well not win. If he's willing to grow into the role of president, than he may win."

Gingrich's ties to the Washington establishment are showing.

Trump needs to do what Gingrich successfully did during the 2012 South Carolina Republican presidential primary – attack the biased media.

Gingrich's attack on CNN's John King was impressive and effective. It won Gingrich the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, but his personal baggage was too much of a burden for him to win the Republican nomination.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, would have won the presidency if he had taken on then CNN's Candy Crowley during the last 2012 presidential debate, after Crowley appointed herself fact checker and declared President Obama right when he was wrong.

Romney should have reprimanded Crowley for picking a side and endorsing President Obama's false claim to have spoken of an act of terror when he had not.

If Romney had attacked what Crowley did as a blatant example of outrageous media bias, he would have won.

After this year's first presidential debate, Trump walked into the spin room and said that there was a problem with his microphone.

Team Clinton derided Trump's statement as delusional and evidence that he had lost the debate.

Trump had told the truth, as the debate commission finally acknowledged four days later.

The tremendous media bias against Trump is real and pernicious and Trump is right to fight it. The media doesn't want to be counterattacked, but indulging it is politics as usual and Trump is a change agent, not a bootlicker.

The Kahns are Gold Star parents, but Gold Star parent status is not a license for character assassination.

Team Clinton and its powerful media allies sold the lie that Trump had equated his sacrifices with the loss of their heroic son.

He never did that!

He was asked what sacrifices he had made and answered the question directly.

He did not compare himself to any Gold Star parent.

That's "pure" media spin to help Team Clinton win.

During this year's first presidential debate, NBC's Lester Holt, a college dropout and the debate moderator, followed the example of CNN's Candy Crowley, promoted himself from moderator to fact finder, sided with the Democrat presidential candidate on a disputed point during the debate and was absolutely wrong.

Yale Law School graduate Hillary Clinton had failed her Washington, D.C, bar exam and showed that she deserved to when she said that stop and frisk had been ruled unconstitutional.

Trump, who is not a lawyer, nevertheless was right about the law.

Nearly half a century ago the United States Supreme Court held stop and frisk constitutional, 8 to 1. The case is called Terry v. Ohio.

Trump needs to tell the world that Team Clinton and its media allies are so desperate to win that they are deceiving the voters and he won't stand mute for it.

Trump was right to tweet that readers should not trust articles from unnamed sources.

Indeed, The New York Times cannot be trusted even when the sources are named, as was revealed after a huge article designed to sell the Trump disrespects women line Team Clinton peddles was published.

Team Clinton's bogus claim for the first presidential debate was a charge that Trump verbally abused Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe from Venezuela who is now a United States citizen backing Clinton and claiming now that Trump called her Miss Piggy and Miss Housekeeping.

Fortunately, there is a 1997 video that explodes that claim available at http://710wor.iheart.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/how-did-donald-trump-actually-treat-15152900/.

The former Miss Universe had breached her contract by gaining too much weight during her one year reign nearly twenty years ago.

Instead of firing her, Trump got her a personal trainer to lose weight before the next Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Watch the video!

Nothing about Miss Piggy or Miss Housekeeping. Trump appears kind and gracious, not sexist, racist and/or crazed, and Miss Universe appears comfortable and flattered, not frightened, intimidated or insulted.

There is only her word that Trump ever called her Miss Piggy or Miss Housekeeping.

Given her history after her reign as Miss Universe ended, only Hillary Clinton would find her credible (unless she said such things about Bill Clinton, in which case she would be trashed).

Bottom line: Trump never should let his silence be taken for acquiescence in scurrilous charges. He should briefly deny them, explain that the biased media and the desperate Team Clinton can't be trusted to tell the truth, and focus on making his points. He should counterattack the media and Team Clinton instead of the political pawns put forward to distract him, like there Kahns and the former Miss Universe.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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