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Monday, August 20, 2012
Newsmax Lets Trump Selectively Respond to Criticism
Topic: Newsmax

The Trump-fluffing never ends at Newsmax, it seems.

In an Aug. 19 article, Newsmax editorial director Steve Coz gave Donald Trump a platform to respond to Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs calling a "right-wing nutjob":

“I was a great student at a great school, Wharton School of Finance,” Trump told Newsmax late Sunday night. “I built a net worth in excess of $8 billion, built a tremendous company, and have employed tens of thousands of people. I hardly see where I qualify under his definition.”

Of course, the business success Trump claims doesn't make him any less of a right-wing nutjob.

Coz rather curiously skips over the other thing Gibbs said about Trump -- that he's the "birther in chief." Coz mentions the remark, but does not quote Trump responding to it.

Instead, Coz takes the opportunity to do some more Trump-fluffing:

Trump flirted with the idea of a presidential candidacy last year and even enjoyed a brief turn in the polls as the front-runner. He first gained serious attention in March 2011 with his harsh words for China and his tough critique of the Obama administration's weak foreign policy.

He recently declined an offer to deliver a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention, but he has been promising to deliver a big “surprise” at the convention in Tampa, Fla., which begins on Aug. 27.

He's also been making headlines in his day job, as the billionaire developer and household name known for bold deals. Trump is turning his attention to golf courses that he's purchased and developed in Scotland, Los Angeles, and soon, Miami. The Miami course Trump is buying for $150 million, The Doral, features five championship golf courses and will soon be renamed Trump National Doral, The Washington Post recently reported.

None of which, again, makes him any less of a right-wing birther nutjob.

Coz spends the rest of the article trying to change the subject by talking about Joe Biden.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:29 PM EDT

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