Regardless of what happens next, Trump has made it farther than virtually all original projections. With the benefit of hindsight, Trump's attackers might have accurately stated: "This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you."
Here are eight Trump enemies helping him succeed.
- John McCain: McCain's insult of Trump supporters last summer launched one of the now-infamous Trump counter-attacks. Trump persevered the Republican and media onslaught and refused the media demands to apologize. That distinguished Trump, in the minds of voters, from the usual pattern: politician says something, media and opponents demand an apology, politician apologizes. July 18, 2015, the New York Post claims "Trump Campaign Implodes."
- The Huffington Post: The liberal website hoped to damage Trump with its audacious announcement that it was going to cover his campaign exclusively on the entertainment pages. To Trump supporters, it confirmed their longstanding notion of the media as unfair and biased. The website was forced into an embarrassing reversal less than four months later. Aug. 21, 2015, The Huffington Post explains why it decided Trump was just entertainment...before deciding Trump wasn't just entertainment: "HuffPost Explains Why Trump Coverage is Entertainment on Morning Joe."
- The News Media: The media initially gave Trump nonstop exposure believing that the more people saw of Trump, the more they would be repulsed by him. By the time they realized it backfired, they were so addicted to the high ratings that Trump provided, they were unable to cut the cord. Sept. 27, 2015, The Huffington Post declares it's "The Beginning of the End for Trump: His Sarah Palin Moment."
- The Brits: When the UK Parliament debated whether to ban Trump from visiting the United Kingdom, it solidified the view of his supporters who see the so-called establishment around the world fighting their candidate. Trump's supporters were also incensed by the media's apparent concern over what other countries think of our politicians: foreign nations typically embrace our liberal officials and dislike our conservative officials. Jan. 8, 2016, The Washington Post reports: Donald Trump gets pummeled by the British
- The Pope: The Pope passing judgement on Trump's Christianity served as further proof to Trump's supporters that the most powerful forces are stacked against him. Feb. 18, 2016, Reuters writes: Pope says Trump 'not Christian' in a sign of global concern.
- Mitt Romney: Romney's attacks on Trump served to cement the idea of Trump as outside of a tone-deaf Republican establishment. It also reminded voters that Romney is tied to Wall Street interests that stand to lose out under a Trump presidency. March 6, 2016, UPI reports Mitt Romney: Attacks on Donald Trump Worked.
- Chicago Protesters: While the news media blamed Trump for bad behavior at his rallies, his supporters viewed it as instigated by profane protesters who crossed the line after being organized by the likes of controversial left wing propaganda groups such as MoveOn.org. On March 13, 2016, New Yorker reported: The Chicago Anti-Trump Protest was only the Beginning.
- #NeverTrump: Social media may appear to be something like 90% anti-Trump, but to Trump's supporters, it's serves as daily evidence of a media landscape domineered by a vocal group that doesn't represent them.
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