With Trump and Hillary "Worst" is a Coin Toss
Another political campaign, another broken promise. But this promise wasn’t broken by one of the candidates. I broke it.
I swore I wouldn’t write another column about the hideous 2016 presidential race until after the California primary.
Then last week happened.
More anarchists rioting at a Trump rally, Trump attacking the trial judge in the Trump University case as a “Mexican,” the Libertarian Party nominees comparing the deportation of illegal immigrants to Kristallnacht and Bernie Sanders continuing to set up his wildly passionate followers for an enormous disappointment.
Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton, reacting to tightening poll numbers, flew back to California to give what was billed as a “major foreign policy speech.” The true purpose was to blast the presumptive GOP nominee with both barrels.
And she did.
Hillary Clinton hit Donald Trump like a soft 17.
“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different,” began Clinton, “they are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas — just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies.”
Delivered in human tones rather than her usual Foghorn Leghorn bellow, Hillary Clinton landed more punches on the Kevlar Candidate than all 16 of his defeated Republican rivals combined. It was not only her best speech of the campaign, it was the best speech of the campaign. If only it had been delivered by anyone other than Hillary.
When it comes to lies and bad judgment, it’s hard to find someone with a worse track record that HRC.
In cataloging Donald Trump’s utter unsuitability for the highest office in the land, Clinton begs for a comparison. She offers her own character, judgment and experience as the alternative.
That’s a problem.
Clinton’s poll numbers are shrinking in large part because she continues to evade the truth about her private email server.
For those of you who, like Bernie Sanders, are “sick of hearing about Hillary’s emails,” understand this — the email scandal isn’t about emails.
It’s about hundreds of millions of dollars funneled to the Clinton Foundation, much of it laundered through Canada, by multinational corporations and foreign government, many with business before the State Department. As Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said, “The vast Right Wing Conspiracy didn’t put the server in her house, she did.”
She chose to delete 30,000 emails.
Bryan Pegliano, the guy who installed the server and maintained it for the Clintons, has already taken the Fifth once under oath and is reportedly going to invoke his right against self-incrimination in a second deposition.
Amazingly, the presumptive nominees of both parties face possible criminal indictments: Trump over his shady Trump University and Hillary over possible pay-to-play allegations.
Believe me, I’m as exhausted as you are.
When this dreadful election cycle is over, Americans of every political stripe need to take a good long look in the mirror. We need to figure out how to restore integrity and honor to public service. At every level of society, we seem to be wallowing in scandals. In religion, politics and sports, the fix is in.
When asked back in 1789 what kind of government our Founders had created, Ben Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Can we when our only option is awful or awfuller?
Doug McIntyre’s column appears Sundays. Hear him weekday mornings 5-10 on AM 790. He can be reached at: Doug@DougMcIntyre.com.