Six Degrees of Separation Among Trump Critics

It’s standard practice for surrogates to go after political opponents. But the attacker’s connections to the candidate aren’t always clear—or disclosed by the news media.

6 seemingly-diverse Donald Trump critics linked to a handful of Hillary Clinton interests

1 Univision anchor Jorge Ramos issues aggressive diatribes against Trump, Univision cancels airing of Trump’s Miss USA pageant, Univision CEO “rips into Donald Trump.”

Univision's Jorge Ramos, an outspoken Trump critic

Univision’s Jorge Ramos is an outspoken Trump critic

Six degrees of separation:

  • Univision is owned by Saban Capital Group.
  • Saban Capital Group is run by a top Hillary Clinton supporter, Haim Saban.
  • Saban and his wife have given $7 million to Hillary Clinton’s largest super Political Action Committee (PAC) “Priorities USA Action,” which has raised more than $67 million.
Haim Saban By Shani Barel Photography

Haim Saban owns Univision, which has led campaigns against Trump. He also donated millions to pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC “Priorities USA Action.” Photo: Shani Barel Photography

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2 British Prime Minister David Cameron insults Trump as “stupid” and “wrong.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron criticized Trump

Six degrees of separation:

  • Cameron’s campaign strategy adviser was former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.
  • Messina heads Hillary Clinton’s largest super PAC, Priorities USA Action.
  • (Trivia note: Former Obama political consultant David Axelrod was adviser for Cameron’s losing opponent in the British elections, Ed Miliband.)
Jim Messina, head of pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action

Jim Messina heads pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC “Priorities USA Action” and led campaign strategy for British Prime Minister David Cameron, a Trump critic

3 “Correct the Record” and its chief, Brad Woodhouse, push a constant string of “press releases” and interviews attacking Trump.

Presidential candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has impressive network of wealthy donors and super PACs including “Correct the Record”

Six degrees of separation:

  • Correct the Record is not a neutral fact-checking group; it’s another pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC that engages in “rapid response” media efforts to defend Clinton.
  • Correct the Record received $1 million from Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC and $275,000 from Clinton’s official campaign.
  • Correct the Record is a project of a third pro-Hillary super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century.
  • American Bridge 21st Century and Correct the Record were founded by Clinton political surrogate David Brock.
  • Brock also sits on the board of Priorities USA Action super PAC, which is led by Messina.
  • American Bridge 21st Century conducts opposition research against Clinton opponents for Priorities USA Action.

Presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump is target of related pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs and donors

4 Hedge fund billionaire George Soros says Trump is “doing the work of [Islamic extremist terror group] ISIS.”

Six degrees of separation:

  • Soros is the largest donor to the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action. He’s given $7 million so far.
  • Soros also gave $1 million to Brock’s pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.
George Soros by Harald Dettenborn

Hedge fund billionaire George Soros is a multi-million dollar Hillary Clinton donor. Photo: Harald Dettenborn

5 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) files a complaint against the Trump Foundation for failing to disclose a contribution.

Six degrees of separation:

  • CREW is not a neutral ethics monitor; Hillary Clinton surrogate David Brock took over the group in 2014.
  • CREW and Brock primarily target Republicans.

6 The website “Media Matters” produces a steady series of attacks against Trump.

Six degrees of separation:

  • Media Matters is not a neutral media watchdog; it’s a left wing, pro-Hillary Clinton group.
  • Clinton confidant David Brock founded and heads Media Matters along with leading the pro-Clinton American Bridge 21st Century super PAC, leading CREW, sitting on the board of the pro-Clinton Priorities USA super PAC, and founding the pro-Clinton Correct the Record super PAC, a project of American Bridge.

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5 Responses to “Six Degrees of Separation Among Trump Critics”

  1. Patty Houser
    May 17, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

    Sharyl, I am a big fan of your work. This is a telling view of how politics work. Thank you for your insightful reporting.

  2. Maxine CARLSON
    May 18, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    Sharyl you are the best at connecting the dots. Keep up the good work.

  3. Darryl Leifheit
    May 19, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    Sharyl, thank you for your constant vigilance and balanced reporting. We appreciate all you do.
    Sincerely, Darryl

    Found this interesting quote: “I would love to see Mr. (Henry) Ford in there, really. I don’t know who started the idea that a President must be a Politician instead of a Business man. A Politician can’t run any other kind of business. So there is no reason why he can run the U.S. That’s the biggest single business in the World.” – Will Rogers, January 14, 1923

  4. Gary A. Anderson
    May 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    May I send your way ‘six degrees’ of WOWS? Few Americans have any knowledge of David Brock, David Axelrod or Jim Messina. Thus, dumbed down is it any wonder few see the link between ‘Super Pacts’ & the Clintons? Clearly, Media Matters & high-falutin, misleading slogans as “Correct the Record” are designed to hoodwink & bamboozle the public. It seem many journalist & liberal party hacks are only too willing to deceive the people. In short, thank you for your efforts in trying to educate the public & shed light on ‘six degrees’ of collusion!

  5. Michael Sirius
    September 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    I agree with almost all of this, however, it’s important to note that neither Media Matters or virtually anything Clinton related is left-wing,

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