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Trump Is Retreating Into the Fringe Media's Far-Right Paranoid World as His Campaign Falls Apart

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The darkest regions of the conservative media populated by a cranky collection of media outcasts, trolls, and bottom feeders.

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At a time when most presidential campaigns are trying to widen their reach to the largest possible audience during the final weeks of the campaign, Donald Trump seems to be consciously contracting and burrowing down. Rattled by the release of audio tapes that revealed the predatory language he uses about women and how he plots his assaults on them, Trump's been withdrawing into the fringe media.

This retreat is even deeper into the confines of non-reality than Trump's previous withdrawal into the Fox News bubble. That was when, beginning late summer, Trump began appearing almost exclusively on Fox News, and then within Fox News, appearing almost exclusively on the show of his most ardent supporter, Sean Hannity, and the friendly confines of Fox & Friends.

Trump's current withdrawal is like having Hannity then hand Trump the keys to a small bunker beneath the Fox News bubble -- and trying to run a White House campaign from there.

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For Trump, the Fox News bubble is a reassuring place where his campaign is always soaring and nobody cares about his tax returns. But the bunker atmosphere is perhaps even more pronounced. It's where Hillary's a "b*tch" who needs to be imprisoned for imaginary crimes against the state (starting with Benghazi), and where talk from middle-aged men about grabbing "p*ssy" and trying to "f*ck" married women can be dismissed as boys being boys.

It represents the darkest regions of the conservative media -- it's basically the Breitbart News dungeon. Breitbart, of course, being "a haven for people who think Fox News is too polite and restrained."

Populated by a cranky collection of media outcasts, trolls, and bottom feeders, Trump has embraced them all, inviting them into his sanctum. As his campaign implodes, his crew is now trashing what's left of the Republican Party, while Trump and his cadre have their eyes fixed on the prize: Obsessing over allegations of sexual assault and harassment by former President Bill Clinton.

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