From the time Donald Trump announced his White House bid, there has been no shortage of establishment media outlets predicting his defeat.
Indeed, as the weeks and months marked Trump’s ever-apparent political preeminence, the pundits, pollsters, and prognosticators doubted and declared his collapse inevitable.
Even as Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, clinched the Republican presidential nomination, the affirmations of his failure kept coming.
The very establishment media and pollsters who benefitted from Trump’s celebrity before branding him leader of a deplorable political base will stand against his governance.
In fact, now that Trump — who received a single newspaper endorsement and defied every law of modern politics, winning states Republicans have not conquered in decades — has won the presidency, it’s worth noting the many establishment media organs and pollsters who said he would not win.
1. The New York Times: “Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee.”
“Despite all the evidence that fortune favors him, Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee,” wrote Ross Douthat.
2. The Washington Post: “Let’s dispense with the notion that Trump has a real shot at winning in November.”
“To borrow a phrase from one of the men trailing Trump: Let’s dispense with the notion that Trump has a real shot at winning in November,” wrote Post digital opinions editor James Downie.
3. CNN: Donald Trump lost this election “from the first day he announced.”
On the eve of the election, CNN contributor Hilary Rosen said, “Tomorrow night, I think, when Hillary Clinton wins, Donald Trump will have lost this election from the first day he announced.”
4. Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer:
When Bill O’Reilly asked him on Election Night if he would “make a prediction that Hillary Clinton’s the next president,” Krauthammer said, “If you force me, I’ll take it.”
5. Comedy Central: “Mr. Trump …. you’re not going to be president.”
Former Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert said, “And so, right now, Mr. Trump, to answer your call for political honestly, I just sat to say: you’re not going to be president.”
6. CNBC: “Donald Trump can’t win.”
Writing about the first presidential debate, Politico’s chief economic correspondent and a CNBC contributor said, “Trump needed a breakthrough performance to turn his momentum into a real lead. Instead, he was the Donald Trump the nation came to know during the GOP primaries. And that Donald Trump can’t win.”
7. The Huffington Post: “Donald Trump will not, cannot, win the general election for U.S president.”
“It’s time for the media to stop pretending otherwise in order to live off of Trump click bait,” wrote a Huffpo Canada contributor.
8. The LA Times: “Don’t panic, Democrats, Hillary Clinton will beat Donald Trump.”
“Who wins a race for both POTUS and SCOTUS between a tough-love mom and your crazy uncle? Based on historic trends and their comparative assets, my best guess is that Clinton prevails by at least 53% to 46%, perhaps even a double-digit landslide,” wrote radio host Mark Green. “The most unpopular presidential nominee ever won’t be elected president. At least not if Democrats remember Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ admonition: ‘The way the inevitable came to pass was effort.’”
9. The Guardian: “Trump won’t win. In fact, the U.S. could be on the brink of a liberal renaissance.”
“Trump won’t win. In fact, the U.S. could be on the brink of a liberal renaissance,” wrote Michael Cohen. “With voters set to reject their nominee, Republicans could lose control of Congress, ushering in a progressive era.”
10. Karl Rove: “Trump Can’t Win General Election.”
Longtime Bush strategist Karl Rove said on MSNBC that “Republicans are not going to win this next election by finding a missing magic cache of conservative voters who have heretofore loyally supported us but were turned off by those arch liberals John McCain and Mitt Romney.”
11. George Will said Donald Trump will be “tempted to run, [but] he will be, predictably, shellacked.”
12. CNBC chief Washington correspondent John Harwood:
“Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee,” Hardwood said. “Once we get past the first couple of states and the field consolidates, that’s when Donald Trump will be vulnerable.”
13. Nate Silver:
“I don’t think that Donald Trump is very likely to win the nomination, in part because he’s not really a Republican,” Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, said last September.
“He’s very far to the right on immigration, but he also wants socialised medicine. He wants to tax the rich, right? There’s an alternate reality in which he decided to run as a Democrat instead — he wouldn’t have to change his policy positions all that much.”
14. Frank Luntz: “Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.”
On Election Night, as Americans were still casting their votes, pollster Frank Luntz was confidently declaring Hillary Clinton America’s next president.
“Tim Kaine’s Senate seat will open up, and they will have a special election,” Luntz said of the Virginia senator and former vice presidential candidate.
“In case I wasn’t clear enough from my previous tweets,” Luntz continued, “Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.”
15. Real Clear Politics senior elections analyst Sean Trende: “There’s probably a 90% chance Trump loses at this point.”
Trende declared on Twitter on November 4, “So look, barring some sort of systemic polling failure, there’s probably a 90% chance Trump loses at this point. Still can be a late break.”
He doubled down just hours before Election Day, saying, “For those wondering, nothing has pushed me off my presidential predictions from last week.
Asked which candidate would win Florida, Trende said, “Clinton.”
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