“30 former GOP lawmakers sign anti-Trump letter” is the title of an article on CNN. The letter states, "Given the enormous power of the office, every candidate for president must be judged rigorously in assessing whether he or she has the competence, intelligence, knowledge, understanding, empathy, judgment, and temperament necessary to keep America on a safe and steady course. Donald Trump fails on each of those measures, and he has proven himself manifestly unqualified to be president." Can Donald Trump pass this rigorous judgment? Can any candidate? Can Hillary Clinton?
The media has been very conscientious in pursuing Trump’s failings and supposed failings. Much is made of the fact that he has declared bankruptcy. It is not uncommon for a successful entrepreneur to have declared bankruptcy. He is criticized for not paying income tax. Who does not pay the least amount of taxes the law allows? The wealthy can afford accountants who can comb the tax loopholes intentional written in the statutes for their benefit. The Clintons, while not bankrupt, claimed to be living in poverty immediately after leaving the White House. Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton earned a combined $109 million between 2000 and 2007 and paid $33.8 million in federal taxes, according to tax information released Friday by Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. They are now multimillionaires. What kinds of businesses have they created to produce such wealth? Was this money acquired exclusively from speaking fees? Hillary Clinton must be a spellbinding speaker to draw hundreds of thousands of dollar for a speaking engagement. There are many questions about these speaking engagements and about the Clinton Foundation.
Trump has said some unflattering things about women. Are his comments about Rosie O’Donnell inaccurate? Hillary has said some unflattering things about half of Trump’s supporters which she called a “basket of deplorables.” Robert De Niro has called Donald Trump a “pig.” I am certain that Robert De Niro has never said anything in regards to women that he would find embarrassing. The media is trying to portray the results of this latest controversy as a “stampede.” Trump has been criticized for not disowning his more extreme supporters. Both campaigns have supporters that can only be described as an embarrassment. For every “Pepe” the frog there is someone defecating on a U.S. flag.
During Trump’s debate against Hillary Clinton and Lester Holt, Holt, in effect, called Trump a liar. Holt asserted, “You had supported the war in Iraq before the invasion. What makes your…” Trump interrupted at this point stating that he did not support the war. Holt persisted saying, “My question is, since you supported it…” Again Trump interrupted saying he did not support the war. Holt continued, “The record shows otherwise, but why -- why was…” Trump interrupted Holt for the third time saying, “When I did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, first time anyone's asked me that, I said, very lightly, I don't know, maybe, who knows?” During this September 11, 2002 interview he was asked by Stern, “Are you for invading Iraq?” Trump responded, “Yeah I guess so.” The is hardly a firm endorsement for invasion. His voice displays a sense of reluctance. In a January 28, 2003 interview with Neil Cavuto, Trump stated, “Perhaps he (Bush) shouldn’t be doing it yet. And perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations.” Clearly, Trump was not an enthusiastic advocate for war with Iraq. However, this is an accusation the Left cannot abandon.
Much of the outrage about Trump’s behavior is obviously manufactured. He has repeatedly stepped over the line that would lead to his doom. He has not only survived, but flourished. His remarks about women are inexcusable. However, they are remarks. Juanita Broaddrick and a host of other women can testify that Bill Clinton did much more than make disparaging remarks. Clinton Kathleen Willey has accused Clinton of groping her without consent, and Paula Jones accuses Clinton of exposing himself and sexually harassing her. Apparently he has been a frequent visitor to “Pedophile Island,” owned by his good friend Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton has committed perjury in order to conceal his sexual indiscretions. Has he been called a pig by the likes of Robert De Niro?
Robert De Niro complained, ““It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has.” De Niro is not the only one who is angry. A great many, hopefully a large majority, of Americans are angry about the fundamental transformation of the country, a transformation that Hillary Clinton promises to continue. These people are the deplorable “Never Clintons.” Interestingly this is a rare species among Democrats. Benghazi is irrelevant because it is in the past. The fact that she has been labeled a liar by a very sympathetic FBI and that she lied to the families of the Benghazi victims makes no difference. This election will be decided by the people voting against a candidate rather than for one.