Trump trumps GOP debate and leads for a reason

Real estate mogul Donald Trump held his own in a tough debate that was stacked against him as nine other contenders floundered in the spotlight. But why is Donald Trump connecting with the public across party lines? Republicans and Democrats? Because he may be the only one who is speaking honestly and telling the public the truth

By Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

When you have 17 major candidates running for President of the United States in one party, you can expect that details will get lost in the shuffle.

What matters is the “big picture.”

That’s why Donald Trump is doing so well and why he matters in the Republican primary. No one is a better “big picture” guy than Donald Trump.

There are many things Trump has said I don’t agree with. But American politics isn’t about “100 percent.” It’s about consensus and compromise. Democracy is about being able to disagree on some issues while agreeing on other issues.

What Trump has done is to give the American people something they have been denied for so long, not just by Republicans but by Democrats too on the national level.

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trump is giving them the truth, and the truth can be ugly. Trump is the only honest candidate running for president.

The top 10 Republican candidates were invited to participate in a debate hosted by FOX News in Cleveland. They included Trump, the real estate mogul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The moderators were Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace.

Trump is the target of a lot of criticism for things he has said and not said. But most of that criticism is coming from his rivals, his foes and from the biased mainstream national news media that doesn’t want him.

In fact, although Trump is soaring in the polls, the National news media will kick start their campaign to drag him down by digging into his past, finding something they don’t like, and tearing it through their mud.

The Last week’s debate was hosted by one of the most biased media in America, Fox News. The reporters are deceitful, claiming to be objective and pretending to be journalists but in reality they are political activists. The problem is the national journalists are the ones with personal agendas that they push from Gay Rights to abortion to foreign policy priorities.

Official photo of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Official photo of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next morning, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Trump, not the losers. And he asked good questions. But then he brought on Matthew Dowd, the GOP consultant who gave us Dick Cheney. And Dowd started bashing Trump saying he doesn’t have “Presidential gravitas.”

Dowd doesn’t like the fact that Trump is turning the Republican party topsy-turvy with his populist style.

And the FOX Media panelists who quizzed Trump were doing what their political boss Roger Ailes told them to do, do your best to destroy Trump and keep him from looking good. The problem is the anchors and reporters at Fox & Friends have no talent, like “reporter” Megyn Kelly who tried to beat up on Trump about issues involving his attitudes towards women.

Trump is the sponsor of the Miss USA Pageant and many people don’t like beauty contests. Well, I don’t like stupid reporters. The untalented Kelly who has her job because of her friendship with Ailes never asked the other candidates the same kinds of questions.

Of course not. Kelly and Chris Wallace, the other political plant in the journalism profession. Seriously, do Americans really care about what Kelly and Wallace say?

The very first question to Trump was about the FOX News agenda: Will Trump agree to not run as an independent if he does not win the Republican nomination. She rejected the question and said it all depends. And that’s the first question!

Who doesn’t care about the social ills facing America?

The New York Times on the far left is no better. They hate Trump too. The idea that a populist who prefers honest ad open dialogue to the national news media’s crafted and managed issues upsets them the same way it upsets the media on the right.

English: This photo depicts Donald Trump's sta...

English: This photo depicts Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the media, Trump represents a real challenge. Who runs this country? The people or the news media in cahoots with the political insiders?

The Fox News panelists lobbed softball questions to their favored candidates like Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, but they saved their venom for Trump.

The public isn’t stupid, even if the media thinks we are. We can see through the media’s manipulation. It’s just that often, we are helpless to do anything about it. But Trump gives us an election trump card.

Years ago my first editor George Wurtzinger told me readers can love you and they can hate you. But it’s when they don’t care about you that you’re finished.

Trump sees the election in those wise words.

For too many years, great candidates for president have washed off to the sidelines of the elections because the public simply just didn’t care about them. They loved and hated the candidates who turned out to be the leaders.

We Americans get what we sow. And we’re lazy. We let the national mainstream news media brainwash us with pretend news driven by their political and social agendas.

I worked for the major news media for years, and honestly, I didn’t like it. That’s why I am here with the community media. We can afford to be honest and better journalists, columnists and editors. Community media cares about what you care about. Local issues. Things that impact us directly.

And when Americans hear someone speak to the issues that concern them, they respond. Trump is the only candidate who is speaking to those issues. He’s the only one acting like a leader.

None of the other contenders came even close. Jeb Bush

He’s not afraid to call out the news media, even when they are from his side of the political aisle, journalists who have sold out, like at Fox News.

The more the mainstream news media beats up on Trump, the more support he’ll get from the segment of the public that actually cares, is involved and votes.

Only 50 percent of Americans who can register to vote, actually register. And of that, only 40 percent actually vote. The numbers are even lower when we average in local elections, too.

Don’t blame Trump if you’ve bought into the media’s lies or don’t vote. Blame yourself. You don’t want the truth. You can’t handle the truth.

Trump is smarter, brighter and a better speaker. That’s what Thursday nights Republican debate hosted by FOX News in Cleveland showed the world.

And that’s a major problem for the rest of the candidates who had trouble just keeping pace, even with some help from the penlists who asked the questions.

The media hates Trump. Just look at the headlines, how they are slanted against him and pampering the rest. That’s the public’s biggest challenge. They’re going to go after Trump as long as he is leading the pack with a vengeance. They will rip him apart. They are determined to destroy him.

But I think Trump just might make it and beat the mainstream news media and the political insiders and manipulators.

That will be fun to see.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter. Reach him at [email protected])

Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Blogger, Columnist at Illinois News Network Online
Ray Hanania is senior blogger for the Illinois News Network news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley). And, Hanania is a stubborn and loud critic of the biased mainstream American news media.

Hanania Chicago political beats and Chicago City Hall at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published the The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. He currently is syndicated through Creators Syndicate. He has written for the Jerusalem Post,, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star of Lebanon, the News of the World in London, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, The Saudi Gazette, the Arab News in Jeddah, and Aramco Magazine.

Hanania's Chicagoland columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald, the Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News and the Palos Reporter newspapers.

He is President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

His personal website is Email him at: [email protected]
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