Jennifer Rubin: You’d want to live in the Breitbart world, too
Things have gotten so bad in the real world that Trump was compelled to read a statement of “regret” from a teleprompter Thursday night for unspecified things he has said and “personal pain” to unnamed people. The Post reports, “The move marked a sharp departure from Trump, who has avoided apologizing or expressing regret in more than a year of campaigning, after a seemingly endless stream of feuds and controversies. Notably, he said earlier this month that he did not regret his feud with Gold Star parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who lost their son Army Capt. Humayun Khan while he served in Iraq in 2004.” He’s sure to trip up when asked to tell us what things in particular he regrets and to whom apologies are owed. Rather than actually make amends like a grown-up, it is far easier to commiserate with the Breitbart boss, known by employees to be a nasty bully — much like Trump.
If you understand Trump’s rush to refuge in the arms of Steve Bannon, you can understand how 13 million primary voters (a healthy talk radio audience) could select a man so abjectly unfit for the presidency. (It helps when the other 17 million get divided up among so many competitors.) If you understand the Trump-Breitbart partnership, you get a good picture of the birthers, the shutdown (of 2013) supporters, the climate-change deniers and the rest of the far right. It’s the political Star Wars bar scene where the gullible and the cynical can find confirmation bias as far as the eye can see.