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Donald Trump, the tabloid candidate

Donald Trump, the tabloid candidate

The frontrunner in the Republican presidential race is not only a favorite subject of the newspaper tabloids but also their chief competitor in the business of dishing out trash.

Donald Trump has become the master of venom and innuendo that long has been the trademark of "the tabs" that survive in big cities that still have subway strap-hangers devouring their eye-catching headlines. In New York especially, the Daily News and the Post continue in vivid gossip competition.

Their latest juicy morsel is Mr. Trump's sleazy effort to smear Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over a report in the gossip tabloid National Enquirer of five alleged cases of sexual misconduct, which Mr. Cruz...