By Thomas Lifson
Once again, Donald Trump has outsmarted his opponents in multiple dimensions. Trump haters are in high dudgeon over yesterday’s repudiation of the notion that Obama was born outside the United States. John Hinderaker of Powerline explains the first dimension of the outwitting:
[Friday] morning, Trump himself tweeted:
I am now going to the brand new Trump International, Hotel D.C. for a major statement.
Reporters assumed the statement would be about Obama’s birthplace, and, sensing an opportunity to halt Hilary’s decline in the polls, hurried to the Trump International en masse, with camera crews in tow. The cable news networks cleared time to broadcast the anticipated Trump humiliation live.
Instead, they were treated to 20 minutes of military figures endorsing Trump. Live, on CNN and MSNBC!
Note the characteristic Trumpian jiu-jitsu: he uses their anti-Trump momentum against his enemies. So eager to turn the conversation to what they thought was favorable ground for Hillary, the nets gave up their most precious commodity, unfiltered airtime.
Having been had, they were not gracious: