All over its vast network the BBC are attempting to smear Mr Trump’s name: television, radio, website, it’s a full out attack. It’s war.
You only have to drop by the BBC news website to find the latest anti-Trump story plastered all over the headlines. Trump said such and such 20 years ago; Trump did this or that 15 years ago; Trump once had an impure thought. It’s ceaseless. It’s also very telling indeed. The Beeb are bricking it.
“When they attack the person, it’s because they have nothing else left” – the words of Mrs Thatcher (or something like them). The BBC and their allies however have a little problem – ad hominem attacks – most of which are dutifully picked up and regurgitated from Trump-hating networks such as CNN or ABC – are really all they have to offer.
Although the corporation daily convince themselves that the Republican nominee is “dropping” in the polls or that his campaign is in dire “trouble,” the facts overwhelmingly say otherwise.
Wherever he goes in the US, Mr Trump’s rallies draw tens of thousands of supporters, Colorado, Cincinnati, Ohio, people flock to hear the reality TV star speak of his vision for a rejuvenated America. It’s a message that resonates with millions of Americans.
Meanwhile Hilary Clinton – backed 100% by the BBC and the mainstream media – can hardly persuade 200 people to attend a school gymnasium! Like their friends in the US media, the BBC can see the signs all too clearly, and like their US counterparts are going out of their way to construct a counter “narrative” the aim of which is to demoralise Trump supporters and hopefully to convince them that the race is already over. Crafty.
Instead, the ‘impartial’ British broadcaster wishes to see Hilary Clinton installed in the White House. The same Clinton incidentally currently attempting to goad Putin’s Russia into World War III. That Clinton.
So, why Clinton? Easy.
Here is a career politician dedicated to the same open border, mass migration and islamification ideology so beloved of the BBC. Indeed, such is the corporation’s enamour for Mrs Clinton they have adopted a complete blackout regarding a whole catalogue of political misdemeanours and a track record in public office that could at best be described as chequered.
Indeed in order to promote Clinton, BBC staff have now disbanded any pretence at objectivity or balance. It’s Brexit all over again. (And we all know what happened there….)
They ignore her disastrous policy decisions which have resulted in countless deaths in Libya and the Middle East; they ignore too the endemic corruption of the Clinton foundation; they also turn a blind eye to her well documented intimidation towards the victims of her husband’s many sexual transgressions - including several accusations of rape.
None of this matters to the BBC of course. What does matter is that Donald Trump once made a lewd comment some fifteen years ago.
All of which brings me to This Week.
Ordinarily Andrew Neil is by far and away the corporation’s most balanced political presenter (which is not saying much). Those who witnessed his destruction of a BME activist on the very same programme not six months ago could be in no doubt of that.
Last night however was different. This was Trump. And the Big Brother Corporation has just one policy towards Trump: smear, smear and smear some more. Objective journalism at its finest.
So when Daily Mail columnist and arch-enemy of the Primrose Hill Liberal set Katy Hopkins turned up to deliver a VT on her support for Trump, Mr Neil was ready with a classic BBC ambush.
Back in the studio Ms Hopkins was greeted with a predictably lurid tirade of anti-Trump memes: Trump wants to ban Muslims, hates Mexicans, during a private conversation 15 years ago made a lewd comment etc. etc.
Studio guests Michael Portillo and a fellow guest who I presume was a Lefty MP chimed their agreement. Trump is “unfit” to be US President etc. etc.
And there it was in the This Week studio: a microcosm of the political/media snobbery that is alienating not only the American public, but if Brexit is anything to go by, the British public too.
It was like a holy Trinity of political and media elitism: a successful political commentator (Neil) a successful media and political personality (Portillo) and a current sitting MP (Mr anonymous). And all three of them were sagely nodding their heads in the way that only those with unblemished lives can, assured of their own sanctity.
As they sat denouncing Trump as a “demagogue” the chasm between the political and media elite and ordinary working people widened just that little bit more. Ms Hopkins tried to tell them that a substantial number of real people – those outside the Westminster and BBC bubble – identify wholeheartedly with Trump, that they are sick of the progressive global agenda and its attack hound political correctness, but to no avail.
The Media and Political Holy Trinity knew better. Just as they knew better with Brexit.
They just don’t get it, Mr Neil and his friends at Broadcasting House. If making a ‘lewd’ comment about the opposite sex is a crime, then I’m afraid each and every one of us is guilty to some degree, even Liberals.
And the more Andrew Neil and friends display their faux outrage the more disconnected they appear to ordinary, working people.
Just why is Trump so popular?
The question is asked on an almost daily basis by BBC journalists and political hacks. More often than not they comfort themselves with a tried and tested answer: It’s only bigots, fascists and white supremacists who support him. The likes of Mr Neil, Portillo and those in the political ranks, progressives one and all, wouldn’t dream of supporting a man with the common touch. How revolting.
Well satisfied with this glib logic, they thence return to their charmed lives in the political and media bubble where they make all the right sounds about ‘populism’ and warn of the dangers of a Trump presidency.
What they invariably will not do is to be honest with themselves and that is because Trump’s popularity is partly a reaction against the very elites who sit inside BBC television studios and where people like Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and shrilling left-wing ideologues line up to denounce a man whose chief crime is to act, speak and think like an ordinary everyday person.
Now, that is something the professionally outraged class of Messrs Neil and co simply cannot tolerate. Ordinary people... Yuk!