- - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

This year, Sept. 2 came and went like most days of the weekend news cycle. But I believe the entire media missed the anniversary of a significant event in American history: the 30th anniversary of the genesis of the Trump presidency.

On Sept. 2, 1987, then 41-year-old businessman Donald Trump paid nearly $100,000 to publish an open letter in three prominent national newspapers titled, “There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.” This scathing critique of how our allies take advantage of us because our spineless politicians enforce the dysfunctional status quo from 30 years ago illustrates just how remarkably consistent President Trump’s “America First” position has been from its 1987 conception to its 2017 implementation.

What I find perplexing is that the entire media — including the three original newspapers that published Mr. Trump’s opening salvo in the political arena, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Washington Post — missed this chance for an anniversary story, which I’m certain historians will one day pinpoint as the seed-planting of the Trump presidency.

But fret not, media; on Sept. 28 you have another shot at a 30-year anniversary story. On that day a Newsweek cover story came out in which Mr. Trump prophetically proclaimed during the 1988 election cycle, “I’m not running for president. But if I did run, I’d win!” And a generation later, Mr. Trump backed up his Reagan-era boast by taking the road of most resistance to the White House in systemically dispatching over a dozen professional Republican politicians and trouncing both the Bush and Clinton political dynasties along the way. Now, which unbiased media outlet will have the foresight to pounce on this story?

EUGENE R. DUNN

Medford, N.Y.

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