More seriously, how the heck did this happen?
? http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls ... -3823.html
Trump took the lead in polling on July 29 2015 and never really looked back. There was a great deal of denial going on since then.
And indeed denial about the nature of the republican party by many republicans over the last decades.
Where a significant segment is obviously motivated by racial resentment, a lot of republcians and the media have not addressed this.... and so it festers. And the only candidate who played to that racial resentment built himself first a plurality and finally a surprising majority. (He was the lead Birther after all...)http://www.salon.com/2016/03/22/yes_tru ... _his_rise/
And over the last decades a great deal of false equivalence and centrification on behalf of the media. The media has been at fault for this....and the establishment of Fox and MSNBC into two prejudice media outlets.
Although the Republican debates, and what passed for discourse in the republican campaign were a shambles...they were often treated seriously.
Most recently Trumps so-called serious foreign policy speech which was a shambles of contradictions and blarney. and yet suppossedly serious media outlets like the Wall Street Journal gave it a positive review...
Trump has access to a resevoir of 30 to 30% of voters who are immune from genuinely critical coverage of his racism and irrational policies as they live in their media silos. And these people are also swamped with innuendo about Hillaries supposed crimes like Ben Ghazi.
I suspect Trump will continue to have, as he has had, a harder time with young voters because they are genuinely more media savvy then the older voters who live in their silos. But it will be interesting to see how the media treats Trump. Because he's the nominee do they now start to try and present his notions as serious policies? Do they equivacate between his behaviour and Clintons?
They already did this comparing her campaign to Trumps... As Paul Krugman said
I’ve already seen pundits suggest that both presumptive nominees fight dirty, that both have taken the “low road” in their campaigns. For the record, Mr. Trump has impugned his rivals’ manhood, called them liars and suggested that Ted Cruz’s father was associated with J.F.K.’s killer. On her side, Mrs. Clinton has suggested that Bernie Sanders hasn’t done his homework on some policy issues. These things are not the same.
Do you think Trump will get the microscope he deserves? He will be on trial for fraud (Trump University) in August.... Will the media cover that fairly?
Maybe... Even Oscar de la Hoya gets coverage because he says Trump chearts at golf... Now thats a serious