CNN advertised their two night candidate Town Hall event series as an informal opportunity for ordinary South Carolinians to ask the republican presidential candidates’ questions.
However, when it came to the frontrunner, Donald Trump’s segment, there was nothing ordinary about at least one of the questioners, and absolutely nothing “random” about the combined intent. [all research citations below]
By all impressions and appearances, CNN intentionally staged a confrontation with Donald Trump – evidenced by Mr. Cooper having an exact quote pre-arranged, and ready for use, at a very specific moment.
Watch as Anderson Cooper calls upon Dr. Oran Smith, President and CEO of the Palmetto Family Council. Incredulously Cooper tries to play off the introduction of the questioner as an ordinary citizen who “had not yet made up his mind“.
Pay attention to the exchange, and pay specific attention to how “at the ready” Cooper was with the quote. They had this set-up as an ambush. Watch:
So what is the motive here? What is the connection between CNN and the ‘non-random’ participant, Dr Oran Smith from the Palmetto Family Council ?
Do you remember the recent faith and freedom conference at the controversial Bob Jones University? Well, THAT’s Oran Smith’s group. Which included special attendances by candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson:
Bob Jones University has been controversial for their historical positions including racism and bigotry – it is always a very tenuous political position to affiliate with the staunchly religious promotions of the group.
HISTORY […] the evangelical university in Greenville has become toxic–and not just for Bush. Democrats have pounced on the episode as their latest political club against GOP candidates, pressing their rivals to denounce the school’s ban on interracial dating and its anti-Catholic teachings. (link)
Dr. Oran Smith is anything but an “ordinary south Carolinian voter, who has yet to make up his mind“. It is absurd in the extreme to contemplate such a proposition. It’s a complete line of ridiculous propaganda even beyond the scope of CNN’s customary narrative advancement.
Watch more of Dr. Oran Smith in action HERE.
So what do you think the objective of Oran Smith was during that questioning of candidate Donald Trump?
A reasonably minded person would conclude that Dr. Smith held some intent and disposition prior to taking the microphone. Additionally, there had to be some pre-scripted planning going on with CNN if both Smith (with the question) and Anderson Cooper (with the needed debate quotation) were so in sync with each other, no?
Now, you might find it all just circumstantial, until you recognize in the previous five candidate sessions there was nothing even remotely similar that took place. There were certainly no preparatory notes or quotes at the ready for Anderson Cooper to use in reference to random “ordinary citizen” audience questions.
No, after looking at the entire construct, a reasonably minded person would have to admit there was both a strategy and an intent in play, that was reserved exclusively for Mr. Trump and was absent with the five previous candidates.
Further evidence of intent is reflected in the way CNN quickly promoted the confrontation via social media. You can see CNN fully anticipated this being a moment of usefulness.
Fortunately, as you can tell from the video above, despite the earnest -and transparent- efforts of both Dr. Oran Smith and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, candidate Donald Trump deftly and articulately avoided their unified ambush.
I doubt you could ever find another candidate capable of navigating his/her way through the gauntlet of organized media opposition as Donald Trump.
He possesses a skillset that will become even more valuable when the primary enemy is Hillary and the media assisted Clinton Machine. Hence, the increasingly obvious reasoning why they hate the thought of facing him one-on-one.
Well done Mr. Trump, well done indeed.