4. Ramp-up. A weekly date on the Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends” helped lay the groundwork for his June 2015 presidential announcement.
7. Stupidity. In order to properly comment on the Trump phenomenon, CNN hired a gang of Trump surrogates to crowd its airwaves with the most insane quasi-logic and political babble that this country has ever heard. Only on a medium that runs 24/7 could this spectacle unfurl.
8. Killer cable interview, dude! Wednesday, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at his new D.C. hotel, Trump took pains to point to Newt Gingrich. “That was an amazing interview,” said Trump. “We don’t play games, Newt, right? We don’t play games.” The candidate didn’t need to provide much context, considering that Gingrich’s sparring session Tuesday night with Kelly had gotten massive rotation. But even so, it was still just a segment on cable TV news, and that’s what this fellow cares about.
To watch Trump credit Gingrich for his performance in rhetorical combat is to glean the impression that he was excited to see a buddy attempt to take the Fox New host down a peg. Last year, after all, Trump trashed Kelly after she asked him a tough question at the first GOP primary debate, a contretemps that cable news covered quite well.