Sunday, July 3, 2016

Trump finally starts running against Hillary--SPLAT!

Donald, with his usual grandiose bragging and blather,' implied that he was beating Hillary, and that he hadn't "even started yet."

As of June 22, he has now started. He gave a speech about Hillary and "the stakes in this election." It was the usual bragging from Donald. The country's a mess, but it can be fixed, but "only by [him]." Yes, he actually claimed that, but it's so typical that he thinks he is the savior. (Look here at the transcript.) Too bad he's so unclear how he'll do this without causing trade wars-- possibly even global instability on the order of our last massive recession.

What's funny about his speech is how many of his complaints about Hillary also apply to him:

  • "Hillary Clinton who, as most people know, is a world class liar..." (Trump thinks he's world class in everything, so just add 'liar' to the list, since he's deserving.)
  • "Hillary Clinton has perfected the politics of personal profit and theft." (Trump has done with with his various businesses, including casinos, real estate developments where he cashed in and others lost their investments, and, of course, Trump U.)
  • "She made $21.6 million giving speeches to Wall Street banks and other special interests – in less than 2 years – secret speeches that she does not want to reveal to the public. (How about Trump and his secret tax returns?)
  • "But she doesn't have the temperament or ... the judgement, to be president." (Trump talking about temperament and judgment? Hahahaha.)
  • "Hillary Clinton gave China millions of our best jobs, and effectively let China completely rebuild itself." (Oh my God! It wasn't the corporations who shipped jobs overseas, it was Hillary!)
  • "But Hillary Clinton learned nothing from Iraq, because when she got into power,she couldn’t wait to rush us off to war in Libya." (First, the war in Libya started as a revolt by Libyans, Second, Trump claims to have a different way to fight wars, and win oil, that's so much better--if you believe in him and fairy dust.)

I can't wait for the commercials blasting Trump. He provides so much ammunition. We'll probably get a dozen reasons not to support him each week, and still not run out of fodder.


Extra. Another author's take on the same speech. Very readable and worthwhile.


Dangerous said...

It is sad to admit that the GOP smear machine's success in painting Hillary as the most awful person in the world -- which they do to whoever is their main political opponent at the time (former title holders include Bill Clinton, Obama and Pelosi) -- will accrue to Trump and give him an outsized chance to rise to the presidency. Not that I expect Trump to win, but he may not lose by as much as he should, and he should have zero chance of winning, not maybe 10%.

If somehow Bernie had wrested the nomination from her, he would instantly become the target and I suspect his numbers against Trump would tumble as well, just perhaps not as far as Hillary's because non-partisans have not heard anti-Bernie propaganda for decades as they have toward Hillary. Her best counter-argument is that she's still standing after all this time, she can do the job despite the constant attacks, and that despite her political opponents best efforts, they never proved she did anything wrong.

That said, she still will probably only be an average president. Trump, however, would be the worst ever. Could this country really elect someone with an evil soul? Nixon got through but his demons kept him at least somewhat in control. Trump is such a narcissist and certain of his own greatness that he doesn't even recognize that he's a liar about everything. He would put his own well-being ahead of the country and the Constitution. Can you imagine how he might react when something inevitably goes wrong or against him? Trump's only core belief is in his own greatness, yet he's so insecure he won't ever apologize or suggest he's wrong about anything.

ModeratePoli said...

@dangerous, I'm not sure Trump has an evil soul. I think he's got no soul. He doesn't have a lot of brains either. Dubya wasn't a smart or reflective person, but Trump is 1000 times worse. His suggestion that he'll change libel laws shows how scary he is. He has no sense of the rule of law and the consequences of breaking that. It's scary that the GOP chose him, though it's slightly comforting that it wasn't a majority of the GOP.

Let's hope that the country doesn't run the experiment to find out what kind of prez Trump will be. I don't want to know!

Dangerous said...

Soullessness is per se evil. Without concern for one's soul, there are no limits on what someone will do for themselves and harming others. So I think we agree on the theory if not the terminology. Somehow, Trump's soul is empty of positive human reflection and emotions.