Donald J. Trump belatedly endorsed the re-elections of Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte on Friday, moving to heal a deepening rift within the Republican Party touched off by Mr. Trump’s feud with the parents of a slain American soldier...It's interesting that Trump mentioned the baby. The "Trump kicked out a baby" story is why we call them the "Lying Press," not just the deceptive press. Trump did no such thing.
The endorsement on Friday, in Mr. Ryan’s home state, Wisconsin, had the rollout of a carefully crafted campaign event. A fund-raising email was sent to supporters immediately after Mr. Trump’s announcement. Moments later, subscribers to Trump campaign texts received an alert that said, “Party unity will help Make America Great Again.”
He read the endorsement from a script. But before he got to those words, he spent several minutes in the off-the-cuff mode he is known for. He predicted that the Green Bay Packers would have a strong season, excoriated Hillary Clinton and argued that the news media had misconstrued his suggestion at a previous event that a crying baby be escorted out.
“The baby that had a voice that was superior to Pavarotti,” he said, adding, “I want to sponsor that baby.”
[Donald Trump Endorses Paul Ryan and John McCain in bid for GOP Unity, by Nick Corasanti, New York Times, August 5, 2016]
But now, the mother of that baby says the incident did not happen the way the media presented it, writing “I am in no way offended and I again reiterate, Mr. Trump NEVER kicked me or my child out of the Briar Woods High School, Trump rally.”Now, none of the innumerable media outlets who reported on this phony controversy are going to withdraw their charges and apologize. Most reporters are simply far-Left activists, quite willing to lie in service of their agenda. Why would such scum have any interest in truth? They know exactly what they are doing.
“The media has severely blown this out of proportion and made it out to be something that it wasn’t and is clearly using this as political gain for the Democratic Party. I hope this message sheds light to what really happened,” the mother wrote on social media.
You have our vote. Trump 2016
[Trump never kicked me out! Mom of crying baby sets record straight after media runs with false story, by John Binder, BizPacReview, August 5, 2016]
But the real problem are Republicans like McCain and Ryan who work with in the frame set for them by their enemies. The phony Khan story was just like the phony Trump-kicked-out-a-baby story. That's why Trump's non-endorsement of these weaklings was so exhilarating and that's why his endorsement was so disappointing.
At the same time, Trump does have to unite the party. He's the de facto leader and that means sometimes taking one for the team. Trump's recent dip in the polls is largely due to "conservatives" backing away from home, after briefly coming home after the Mike Pence VP announcement and the Republican convention. One could argue this endorsement is a necessary step.
Paul Nehlen had a gracious response to Trump's endorsement of his opponent.
Ryan primary foe calls Trump endorsement of the speaker a display of "true leadership." pic.twitter.com/dxt6ToLtRo— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 5, 2016
Nehlen understands the transformation of the Republican Party from a "true conservative" party of useless goobers interested in pointless wars and cheap labor into a populist, nationalist party which can actually confront the problems facing the American people will be a gradual process. Trump can't simply continue to wage war on his own party. His endorsement, undoubtedly something pushed on him by campaign manager Paul Manafort and RNC head Reince Priebus, smothers the controversy and allows Trump to finally, finally pivot away from the chaos of the past week.
And there are rumors a big hack of Hillary emails is on the way...
However, there's a counter to this. Trump's own party is waging war on him. From Ted Cruz's selfish refusal to endorse the winner of the Republican Party to the continued opposition of "conservative" publications like National Review, one of the many truths being revealed by the 2016 election is that Conservatism Inc. has absolutely no stake in victory.
If Hillary Clinton is president, what do they care? They can continue to shill for donations. If Hillary and Tim Kaine immediately push through a nation-breaking mass Amnesty (assisted, no doubt, by Speaker Paul Ryan), what difference does it make to the "true conservatives?" Their can continue to pretend their ill-defined by oft-cited "principles" will be somehow transferred to hordes of Third World migrants via the magical properties of American dirt.
And if mass Hispanic immigration turns Texas blue, what does Ted Cruz care? The process won't be complete until after his political career is over.
Of course, the American people actually have to live with the consequences of the decisions of those who rule us. For us, after 2016, there is no "next time."
The current GOP can survive a Trump loss. It can't survive a Trump win.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 4, 2016
Trump is not giving his foes within the GOP or the conservative movement any excuse for their continued stabs in the back. He's doing what he needs to do.
But that doesn't mean these constant betrayals won't continue. For many supposed "conservatives," a Trump victory poses far more dangers to their own position than a Trump defeat.