It’s burying time for the establishment on both sides of the aisle. Energized by their prey’s series of stumbles, they’re ready to take Donald Trump down once and for all. Yet, despite the withering attacks, Trump keeps drawing record crowds on the campaign trail. What could his supporters possibly be thinking? Haven’t his critics proven that Trump is:
1. A Liar
Do they mean liar, like Hillary peddling an unknown YouTube video as so upsetting to a group of Libyans they spontaneously attacked our Benghazi compound? Or liar, like President Obama telling Bill O’Reilly in a 2014 Super Bowl-eve interview that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption“ by the Internal Revenue Service despite it acknowledging and apologizing in 2013 for its “inappropriate” targeting of conservative organizations?
2. A Bully
If ever a person fit the stereotype of a bully, it would be the angry orange man. But, appearances deceive. Could the thoughtful, well-spoken president with the empathetic smile be the real bully? Sometimes, he metes out punishment himself. During his 2010 State of the Union address President Obama took time to scold the Supreme Court justices sitting before him because he didn’t agree with their decision in a case.
Sometimes the president bullies through legislation. Obama just signed into law the “DARK” Act to squash GMO food labelling laws passed by states trying to do their best for their citizens. But mostly, his bullying is conducted out of sight through federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, IRS, and Justice Department.
A sampling: The Justice Department and state attorneys general have threatened a coordinated prosecution of corporations whose supposed crime is critiquing climate science. The Department of Justice has abused its own Operation Choke Point to cripple legal businesses it finds objectionable by pressuring financial institutions to deny these business banking services. A final example: By reading into Title IX what’s not there, the Education Department has bullied colleges into implementing policies that trample academic freedom and have compelled university administrators to “fire, threaten, censor, and grossly mistreat faculty members.”
Hillary Clinton all about this style of governance. Just ask whatever happened to the YouTube video maker she falsely linked to the Benghazi attack.
3. A Hypocrite
Hypocrite, like Hillary proudly proclaiming that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported,” except if they are victims of her husband, Bill? Or, hypocrite like President Obama acknowledging on immigration “…I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the executive branch to make it happen,” and then unilaterally doing so anyway?
Does dangerous refer to the team of President Obama and Mrs. Clinton having the Middle East descend into chaos on their watch? Or is it Clinton’s decision to base her email as secretary of State on a vulnerable private server?
Arrogant, like Hillary claiming “there is absolutely no possibility of an indictment,” while the criminal investigation into her emails was very much active? Or did the critics mean arrogant like President Obama hopping over to Britain to impart his wisdom that they should stay in the European Union, while it never crossed his mind that perhaps they don’t much care to be lectured by an outsider?
6. A Buffoon
Buffoon, like President Obama visiting Cuba, paling around with Raul Castro and legitimizing the oppressive regime, to later witness Cuban officials characterize Obama’s visit as an “attack” and the United States as an “enemy”? Or buffoon like Hillary changing her impotent defense of her personal email server each time another damning fact came to light, and assuming no one would notice?
7. A Misogynist
Misogynist, as in a “hater of women”? It’s clear Trump is a chauvinist who has objectified women. Offensive, for sure. But misogynist is a term more fitting for Bill Clinton. Does any rational person doubt Bill Clinton is a sexual predator? To make prey of women, one must be a misogynist. But even here he has competition from Hillary, who silenced Bill’s victims. Anyone old enough to remember Bill’s political climb remembers Hillary’s critical role in containing what became known in the campaign as his “bimbo eruptions.”
8. A Narcissist
Narcissist like President Obama making dramatic visits to Havana and Hiroshima in search of a legacy? Speaking of which, there’s still time for him to become the first sitting president to ride in a yellow submarine. Or do the critics mean narcissist over this declaration about the listless global economy: “I saved the world from a great depression”?
Contemptible, like the IRS and Justice Department needing to be threatened with contempt of court before satisfying court-ordered document releases? Or contemptible like Hillary Clinton unilaterally erasing 30,000-plus emails before turning over what remained to the State Department?
10. A Coward
Perhaps by coward they were referring to President Obama setting a red line in the Syrian sand, then doing nothing when Syrian President Assad gassed his own citizens?
11. A Fool
Fool, like President Obama trading five dangerous Guantanamo Bay detainees for accused deserter Bowe Bergdahl? Or fool, for giving Iran $150 billion while not making the first requirement of the deal the release of the four American hostages Iran held? Maybe they mean fool over Obama undergirding his signature (and cratering) Affordable Care Act on the belief that young, healthy people would rush to pay high premiums for health insurance they didn’t need?
12. Condoning Violence
Condoning violence, like Obama for years refusing to label as genocide ISIS’ systemic slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities because it may have compelled him to actually do something effective to stop it? No, it must be that, as Illinois senator, Obama voted against bills designed to protect fetuses born alive despite doctor’s attempts to abort them because the bills affirmed: “A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.”
Perhaps they were referring to the State Department resettlement program, which has accepted 2,184 Syrian refugees since civil war broke out in 2011, of which only 53 (2.4 percent) are Christian? With Christians making up 10 percent of the pre-civil war Syrian population, why would the Obama administration allow this ISIS-targeted group to be so underrepresented?
Of course, Christians do not constitute a race. Neither do the groups about which Trump’s remarks have been characterized as racist.
Trump supporters should be forgiven for turning the tables in observing that Hillary Clinton is:
On the charge of corruption, is there a reasonable defense? Mr. and Mrs. Clinton have been enriched by patrons the world over, taking more than $153 million in payoffs delivered under the guise of speeches. The Clinton Foundation picked up another $145 million as 20 percent of the nation’s uranium supply was sold to the Russians under Hillary Clinton’s watch. New emails from her assistants Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills confirm the worst, that in her role as secretary of State Clinton’s department appears to have operated a classic “pay to play” racket, granting wishes to those who made donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Sorely missing from the debate has been recognizing the chasm between Trump’s highly criticized activities in the private sector and Hillary Clinton squeezing every ounce of personal benefit that being at the top of government provides. As a public official, are her abuses of power not an order of magnitude more outrageous than anything Trump could do as a private business person?
Finally, nothing here defends any outrageous, discriminatory, or stupid thing Trump has said or done. It merely points out that given the incredibly low bar of virtue set by President Obama and Hillary Clinton, tens of millions of voters believe Trump would be hard-pressed to do or be worse.