Mark Cuban, the billionaire who had blasted President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail, has offered his own lengthy analysis of how the business mogul defied the odds and pulled off an upset victory on Election Day.
Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a judge on the ABC Television show "Shark Tank," has attributed Trump's political success to his ability to turn his supporters against the mainstream media (MSM).
In Cuban's view, Trump voters were unwilling to believe the case against their candidate because they did not trust the established media sources that were allegedly unified against his campaign.
"They not only distrust the MSM, they seem to feel strongly that the MSM is controlled by forces that are intentionally trying to discredit the things they strongly believe in," Cuban wrote on his personal website, Blog Maverick.
"Who do they trust for their information?" Cuban continued. "Pretty much anyone and any outlet that recognizes and reveals the impurity of MSM outlets and reinforces the purity of their beliefs. ... [T]he Trump campaign was a lot smarter and able to rally the MSM haters and turn them into Trump believers and voters in the states they needed them."
The Dallas Mavericks owner asserted that Trump had intentionally been provocative throughout the presidential race in order to outrage conventional news outlets, which would only bolster his image as an agent of change among his supporters.
"The more the media and people like me criticized Donald, the more it played right into their hands," Cuban wrote. "We were the bad guys. We didn't get it. We represented everything they wanted to change."
Cuban had supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, appearing with her at campaign rallies to blast Trump's business credentials and temperament. On Nov. 4, Cuban made his case against Trump during a Clinton rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"Do you think he has the temperament to do the right thing?" Cuban asked the crowd, according to CNN. "Do you think he has the fortitude to do the right thing? Do you think he cares about your or his bank account?"
In the aftermath of the election, Cuban now asserts that his case against Trump was not heard by the business mogul's voters because people like Cuban and Clinton had become poisoned messengers to them.
"I was dumb to think I would be able to talk people out of voting for Donald Trump by detailing what I thought were his weaknesses. ... But for every hit he took, he was able to communicate to his followers that his opponent was far far worse than he ever could be," Cuban wrote.
He concluded that he was still not convinced Trump had the temperament for office but hoped that he would succeed for the presidency. Cuban also warned that Trump's manipulation of the MSM could also be used to paper over any mistakes in his presidency.
"No matter what he does in office, unless it is demonstrably and verifiably dangerous to their way of life, the MSM media reporting on his Presidency is always going to be a plot against him," Cuban wrote of Trump supporters. "They trust President Trump far, far more than they could ever trust anything the MSM says about him."
Cuban added that he hoped Trump would adopt some of Clinton's policy proposals, particularly her plan to help small businesses. He also expressed sympathy for racial minorities who are panicked by Trump's incoming administration.
"They are rightfully terrified," Cuban wrote. "I know I would be."
On Nov. 22, Cuban was spotted in Manhattan meeting with incoming White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, one of Trump's closest confidantes, New York Daily News reports.
Previously, Cuban has praised Bannon as the strategic brains behind the Trump campaign. The Dallas Mavericks owner has offered no comment on what he and Bannon discussed.