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Washington Post Fails to Provide Context in Coverage of Anti-Trump Republican

The Washington Post failed to provide important context in its coverage of anti-Trump Republican Mark Sanford [1], who is reportedly considering a primary challenge to the president, failing to mention significant historical and current obstacles that Sanford would face.

The Post admitted the president that “Trump remains highly popular among Republicans,” and that it was only been “scattered calls recently for a GOP challenger to step forward. But Wagner didn’t mention--as the Associated Press did earlier this year [2], that “Primary challenges against incumbent presidents have never been successful in the modern era.”

Wagner also didn’t mention President Trump’s robust defensive measures. As the AP’s Zeke Miller and Steve Peoples report: “Trump’s campaign has deployed what it calls an unprecedented effort to monitor and influence local party operations. It has used endorsements, lobbying and rule changes to increase the likelihood that only loyal Trump activists make it to the Republican nominating convention in August 2020.

Bill Stepien, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, calls it all a ‘process of ensuring that the national convention is a television commercial for the president for an audience of 300 million and not an internal fight.’”

The Post also didn’t mention the significant financial war chest [3] that the pro-Trump allies have amassed, a juggernaut that Sanford is highly unlikely to overcome.