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Trump says Kaitlan Collins ‘not exactly Barbara Walters, or even close’

Donald Trump reportedly received to call the circumstances of his rally styled as a city corridor on CNN, together with who would host and reasonable. Predictably, he’s now insulting that particular person, Kaitlan Collins, as “not precisely Barbara Walters, and even shut.”

Even Trump is aware of it wasn’t a city corridor, writing on his social media outlet: “It’s actually wonderful to observe the pinnacle of CNN get completely lambasted for asking me to do a so-called City Corridor.” He added, “In all equity, no person had any issues with what he wished to do till after the present began, once they shortly realized that Ms. Collins was not precisely Barbara Walters, and even shut. That’s when the difficulty from the Radical Left began.”

Naturally, Trump is mendacity/improper about when the difficulty began and the difficulty wasn’t simply coming from the “radical left.” Most individuals of any ethical dignity had been appalled prematurely that CNN not solely stacked the “city corridor” with Republican Trump supporters, however that they had been airing it in any respect after he was discovered answerable for sexual battery and defamation simply hours prior.

Donald Trump then proceeded to – predictably- RE-defame his sufferer unchecked on CNN.

Donald Trump then proceeded to – predictably – use Kaitlan Collins as a foil to humiliate for the pleasure of his viewers, calling her a “nasty particular person” when she tried even a considerably feeble push again.

And now he’s calling her a nasty journalist and interviewer.

As has been identified elsewhere on these pages, Collins didn’t do the job {that a} Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Jim Acosta would have performed. Trump’s workforce mentioned they wouldn’t have performed the rally “city corridor” had Tapper been the host. So Trump picked Collins as a result of she had maintained a relationship and he felt he may dominate her, which he did.

Why did CNN enable this?

There’s a lengthy historical past of Trump abusing girls reporters and journalists. In 2016, they banded collectively in solidarity and protection. (My closing on that piece was tragic prophesy in hindsight, “Donald Trump is uniting girls reporters in opposition to him with these techniques, and exhibiting what an irresponsible, harmful chief he’s simply as a candidate. Are you able to think about if he had extra energy?”)

Donald Trump stalked Hillary Clinton at a debate, one which he had already gamed emotionally by stacking the viewers with girls who had accused her husband of sexual misconduct.

Clinton advised Ellen DeGeneres in October of 2016 that Trump was attempting to dominate her together with his stalking conduct, “Due to the revelation of the general public video, and all the things that got here out on Entry Hollywood, you understand, he was actually all wrought up, and you would simply sense how a lot anger he had,” Clinton mentioned. “And so, he was actually attempting to dominate after which actually stalk me across the stage.”

Trump has a historical past of being a predatory misogynist, particularly when persons are watching. His base delights in his dominance of girls, utilizing girls as objects upon which they will discharge their rage at a altering world.

There’s even historical past of Trump treating one other conservative lady internet hosting a televised election occasion like filth, when in 2016 Fox Information’ Megyn Kelly got here ready for Trump throughout a 2015 Republican debate.

Kelly requested Trump about his derogatory language about girls, together with calling girls “fats pigs, canine, slobs, and disgusting animals.”

Trump later advised CNN’s Don Lemon (who has now been let go and after the city corridor, that transfer would possibly deserve extra scrutiny provided that the rationale cited doesn’t seem like a common worth of respecting girls) that Megyn Kelly had “blood popping out of her wherever.”

I defended Megyn Kelly then and need to defend Kaitlan Collins now, as a result of when girls are handled with such brutal contempt and it’s televised to broad audiences, it hurts all girls and women.

CNN’s personal host needed to discipline that second, so CNN had years of prior data of how Trump operates with girls.

Trump makes use of misogyny similar to he makes use of racism — each are instruments to make a present of dominating and humiliating others to raise himself. Insulting others is the go-to weapon of the weak and low cost.

So Licht knew Trump would use Collins this manner.

Megyn Kelly battled Trump fiercely and received attacked for it, whereas Collins placed on a relatively ineffective efficiency that was publicly championed by her boss and colleagues and likewise received attacked for it.

Gee. There is likely to be an issue with Trump and ladies, like he’s been discovered by a jury of his friends to have sexually abused a lady and has 26 credible accusations of sexual misconduct. The takeaway right here for different networks is the misogynist will at all times carry out as anticipated.

From the surface, it seems as if CNN set Collins as much as be Trump’s foil, as a result of she was tasked with the not possible of being the host, moderator and fact-checker of a identified Gish galloper whose lies come quick, livid, and with an enormous aspect of contempt.

This a lot is evident: Collins was used as a foil for Donald Trump, and whereas it might need made her profession if Trump is the nominee, it additionally broken girls looking for to be seen as worthy of respect at work, it broken sexual assault victims, and it did nice additional harm to E. Jean Carroll. That’s to say, it achieved all the things a person like Trump wants so as to deflect from his personal inadequacies.

When misogyny is publicly rewarded like this, it metastasizes.

Now Trump is suggesting Collins isn’t even good at her job, because the cherry on high of his misogyny.

It is a disgusting and unfaithful assault from a person who picked her understanding he would have the ability to dominate her, simply so he may humiliate her when she did not hold him in line.

There’s a huge distinction between not with the ability to deal with a Trump kind and never being good at one’s job as a TV host. She is sweet at her job; she was merely not capable of be efficient at this one a part of it, for a myriad of causes, a few of which don’t have anything to do along with her.

We’ve seen this present earlier than, and it’s beginning to really feel like we’re all being performed once more.

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