The Des Moines Register, the biggest newspaper in Iowa, wrote an editorial column absolutely blasting Donald Trump’s ridiculous presidential campaign and Trump is firing back with his usual empty responses and staggering lack of self-awareness. More on that later. Here’s what the Register had to say, in part:
If he were merely a self-absorbed, B-list celebrity, his unchecked ego could be tolerated as a source of mild amusement. But he now wants to become president, which means that he aspires to be the leader of the free world and the keeper of our nuclear launch codes.
That is problematic, because Trump, by every indication, seems wholly unqualified to sit in the White House. If he had not already disqualified himself through his attempts to demonize immigrants as rapists and drug dealers, he certainly did so by questioning the war record of John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona…
He has become “the distraction with traction” — a feckless blowhard who can generate headlines, name recognition and polling numbers not by provoking thought, but by provoking outrage.
Hard to argue with any of that, so Trump doesn’t even bother. Instead, he offers one of the most ironic claims ever uttered:
“As one of the most liberal newspapers in the United States, the poll results were just too much for them to bear,” he wrote. “The Des Moines Register has lost much circulation, advertising, and power over the last number of years. They will do anything for a headline, and this poorly written “non-endorsement” got them some desperately needed ink.”
Yes, Donald Trump just accused someone else of doing “anything for a headline.” Irony is now dead, folks. It can’t possibly recover from that.