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Boston Globe mocks a future under Trump, who calls the newspaper ‘stupid’

MarketWatch MarketWatch 11/04/2016 By Mike Murphy

The Boston Globe raised a few eyebrows Sunday with a mock front page detailing a future America under President Donald Trump.

Among the stories on the page, dated April 9, 2017: The nation braces for mass deportations amid rioting, the stock markets crashes in anticipation of trade wars with China and Mexico, U.S. troops refuse to kill the families of ISIS members and First Amendment-gutting libel laws are passed.

Other stories were more tongue-in-cheek: Yellowstone is now named Trump National Park, Trump is on the Nobel Peace Prize short-list, and Kid Rock is a U.S. ambassador.

The page was accompanied by an op-ed piece headlined, “The GOP must stop Trump.”

“The satirical front page of this section attempts to . . . envision what America looks like with Trump in the White House,” it reads.

“It is an exercise in taking a man at his word. And his vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page. It is a vision that demands an active and engaged opposition. It requires an opposition as focused on denying Trump the White House as the candidate is flippant and reckless about securing it.”

Kathleen Kingsbury, editor of the Globe’s Ideas section, told NPR that the page was based on Trump’s own comments.

“His violent mix of intimidation, hostility to criticism and explicit scapegoating of minorities shows that there is a real political movement taking hold in America and that’s a movement that we find deeply disturbing, one that we felt we needed to comment on,” Kingsbury said.

Trump, the Republican front-runner, lashed out at the newspaper Sunday, calling it “stupid” and “worthless,” at an event in Rochester, N.Y.

“It’s a make-believe story, which is really no different than the whole paper,” Trump said.

Some journalists questioned the appropriateness of the fake news. CBS News executive editor Steve Capus called the mock-up “curious.”

In the op-ed, the Globe called on the GOP to go all-out to prevent a Trump nomination.

Boston Globe mocks a future under Trump, who calls it ‘stupid’ © Provided by MarketWatch Boston Globe mocks a future under Trump, who calls it ‘stupid’

“Republicans ought to focus on doing the right thing: putting up every legitimate roadblock to Trump that they can,” the column said.

The Globe also brushed off Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, currently running second to Trump in delegates, as an alternative, stating a preference for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be the GOP presidential nominee.

“It doesn’t mean settling for an equally extreme — and perhaps more dangerous — nominee in Ted Cruz. If the party can muster the courage to reject its first-place finisher, rejecting the runner-up should be even easier.”

In March, Trump easily won the Massachusetts primary, with 49% of the votes, compared to about 18% each for Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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