President Donald Trump thinks that the media will eventually come out and, if not endorse, at least tacitly support his presidential run in 2020. And although that may sound far-fetched, his reasoning is certainly interesting.
According to Trump, the mainstream media needs him in the political spotlight to pay their bills.
“Another reason that I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes,” he told The New York Times.
It’s certainly an intriguing thought. Trump has been fantastic for an American left looking for sensationalized talking heads “reporting” whatever their writers think will win the title “best one-liner of the week.”
Without Trump — according to Trump at least — The New York Times won’t just be in perilous financial straits. It will be a thing of the past.
“Without me, The New York Times will indeed be not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times,” he quipped to reporters of The New York Times.
Talk about confidence.
In Trump’s eye, in order for the media-involved left to survive past 2020, they need to keep Trump in office.
“So they basically have to let me win,” Trump added.
“And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, ‘Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.’ O.K.”
With respect to the president, I can’t say that I agree, and there are two reasons for that.
First, we know good and well that liberals care way less about little things like prosperity and foresight than they do about catering to their own emotions, and they hate Trump. I don’t know if they’d find writers willing to back the Republican incumbent.
Second, if the media needed Trump to remain in power so that they could criticize him and get good ratings, it would hardly help them to come out in support of Trump at any point — leftists know how to hold a grudge, and I’d doubt they’d forgive and forget.
That all being said — I think Trump knows that. I think he’s just ruffling some liberal feathers.
Even if he isn’t, you got to hand it to him — he can make the media pay attention.
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