Jul 5, 2017

The view in Trump Country

Carolyn Kaster / AP

The headline ("Only Fox Can Rid Us Of Trump") made me skeptical. But this N.Y. Times Op-Ed from Knoxville, Iowa — by Robert Leonard, news director of radio stations KNIA/KRLS (Knoxville/Pella) — provides worthy insight into Trump's durability with his voters.

It's especially relevant in light of the SurveyMonkey poll we brought you exclusively yesterday, showing 33% of Republicans say they get their news only from Fox, and Republicans trust Trump over CNN by a margin of 80 (not a typo) points.

"Here, conservatives celebrate the successes in Mr. Trump's short time in office: a conservative Supreme Court justice now seated; Mexico and Canada back to the trading table; red tape cut; the E.P.A. hamstrung; climate change nonsense tossed aside. It's exactly what they elected him to do — victory after victory in a bigger battle than just policy, a battle for America's soul."

"They bend over backward to justify everything Mr. Trump does, largely because they don't believe what anyone in the news media is telling them, except for maybe Fox News."

P.S. "How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF," by CNN's Andrew "KFILE" Kaczynski: "The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted -- one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him."

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