Boy, the media sure had a field day with the confrontation between GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and that woman who attacked him at a recent bipartisan “No Labels” event in New Hampshire.
Here is the breathless report that CNN ran in the immediate aftermath of the confrontation…
Sadly, we now know that CNN was “catfished” by the Jeb Bush campaign. See, the questioner, who was seemingly attacking Trump’s positions on “women’s issues” was actually an intern of the Jeb Bush campaign! CNN now has an article up covering that little fact… but don’t expect them to post any cute videos (like the one they use to attack Trump) about it in the near future.
The woman that CNN now identifies as a plant for the Jeb Bush campaign is one Lauren Rose Batchelder, and she oddly supports other politicians with views strikingly similar to Donald Trump’s on “women’s issues.” She has worked for both Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeb Bush (R-FL), and until very recently (when she scrubbed her online life after her confrontation with Trump went viral), she was an avid online supporter of Jeb Bush for President.
Here she is with her boss:
Now Donald Trump would like to know why Jeb Bush feels he has to send staffers around the country to harass his opponents. Shouldn’t Jeb be allowing the American people to ask their own questions of the candidates instead of being forced to listen to his people?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2015
— Daniel Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) October 13, 2015
This is actually the second time a Jeb Bush campaign staffer has been caught trying to mess with the campaign of another GOP presidential candidate. Earlier this month the Marco Rubio (R-FL) campaign caught a Bush plant at one of Rubio’s events in Iowa.
I don’t know which is worse, the Bush campaign harassing fellow GOP candidates instead of working to advance the conservative agenda, or the media’s dogged pursuit of anything that might make the Republican candidates look bad (even as they completely avoid talking about things that make the Democrats look bad).