Man of Honor: Dana Milbank Eats His Words Predicting Trump Defeat

Dana Milbank
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Dana Milbank and the Washington Post streamed a video of Milbank literally eating his words — a column that predicted Donald Trump would not be the Republican nominee for President.

Milbank made good on his promise from an October column, titled “Trump will lose, or I will eat this column,” by eating a nine-course meal prepared with the printed version of the piece.

In the video, Milbank sips Trump wine and eats a shredded newspaper taco bowl containing his horrendously wrong analysis on Trump’s chances.

Milbank’s column is based around a sanctimonious comment Mitt Romney made at the time dismissing the business mogul’s presidential chances. In the column, Milbank quotes Romney saying “The American people are a very good people and by and large find people of similar character to elect to the highest office in the land.”

To be clear, Romney was talking about how he expected people to react to Donald Trump — not their rejection of his presidential aspirations in 2008 and 2012. Milbank’s riff off the Romney comment led to the promise to eat his words:

“In fact, I’m so certain Trump won’t win the nomination that I’ll eat my words if he does. Literally: The day Trump clinches the nomination I will eat the page on which this column is printed in Sunday’s Post. I have this confidence for the same reason Romney does: Americans are better than Trump.”

If eating some well cooked newspaper is the only consequence of providing professional analysis that is 180 degrees from what actually happens, Milbank should consider himself blessed.

A full video of the live stream is available via the Washington Post’s Facebook page.

We're eating newspaper. Columnist Dana Milbank was wrong about Donald J. Trump last year about becoming the GOP nominee, and he kept his promise to literally eat his words. Using newsprint from Dana's column, chef Victor Albisu prepared a nine-course meal, which Dana powered through. Watch a clearer cut of Dana eating here: Washington Post Opinions, Outlook, and PostEverything

Posted by Washington Post on Thursday, May 12, 2016


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