Crude Donald vs. Corrupt Clinton. Lying Hillary vs. Never Trump. Experience vs. Inexperience. The list could on and on, but you get the idea folks. The most divisive and hostile presidential campaign in history is heading into the home stretch. While supporters of both candidates will find reasons to offer high praise to their candidate of choice, for most Americans 2016 has become a race to the bottom and the nation will heave a collective sigh of relief when it’s all over.
More women come forward
In recent days we’ve seen a trove of women come forward to remember that, at some point in the past 30 years, Donald Trump has groped them or made otherwise inappropriate sexual overtures. While we hear examples of how crude Donald Trump is, WikiLeaks is busy releasing thousands of hacked emails from Clinton staffers that increasingly show a pattern of collusion and double talk from Hillary Clinton and her surrogates that many see as an example of corruption at the highest level of government.
The videotape that surfaced just before the second debate of Trump speaking on the set of Access Hollywood in 2005 triggered a number of women coming forward to recite their recollection of Trump’s sexual overtures towards them. There’s no doubt in the minds of even the most ardent Trump supports that Donald Trump likes women, and is not shy about expressing his affection. The question that voters will need to determine is if that attraction rises to the level of sexual assault, or is simply the behavior of a highly confident man who likes women and often finds they like him in return.
More emails released
The release of thousands of hacked emails from Clinton staffers by WikiLeaks this week has so far run a poor second place to Trump's sex stories in mainstream media attention. The Clinton campaign has not denied the authenticity of the emails, but rather has focused on reinforcing the belief that the Russians are behind the hacking.
Most emails from John Podesta
The emails released last week were mostly from the chairman of Clinton’s campaign, John Podesta. Mr. Podesta also served as chief of staff under President Bill Clinton and was a senior adviser to President Obama. WikiLeaks claims they are in possession of about 50,000 Podesta emails, of which about 10,000 have been released so far. Just as with the sudden coming forwards of multiple women accusing Donald Trump of unwanted sexual overtures, the appearance of the emails in the weeks before the election does not appear to be a mere coincidence.
Clinton winning the airwaves
If average voters turned on the TV for five minutes this week, chances are they know that Donald Trump made lewd remarks a decade ago and now stands accused of groping women. But even if average voters had the TV on 24/7, they still probably haven’t heard the news about Hillary Clinton: That the nation now has proof of pretty much everything she has been accused of. — The Wall Street Journal
According to the Journal, the new batch of hacked emails released this week showed:
- The supposedly neutral Democratic National Committee strongly supported Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries.
- Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and vice chairwomen of the DNC appeared to share in advance one of CNN’s debate questions at a town hall event with the Clinton campaign. Brazile told Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, “From time to time I get the questions in advance.”
- The emails show that Clinton campaign officials were in communication with government officials about the release of Clinton’s emails and that portions of the State Department documents were given to Clinton attorney’s before their release to the public.
- The supposed personal tweets from Hillary Clinton, which use “-H” to show that they came personally from Hillary are done by committee.
- Documents showed that during Mrs. Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State donors to the Clinton Foundation received special care, as did “Friends of Bill.”
To be fair, The New York Times would certainly have a different spin on the latest batch of hacked emails.
No one talks about issues
Both candidates long ago gave up on even the pretense of talking about the issues facing our country. Mr. Trump attacks Hillary Clinton as a corrupt and lying politician who is complaining about problems that she’s been in a position to change for a quarter century. Mrs. Clinton portrays Donald Trump as a crude and dangerous candidate who lacks any experience that would enable him to run the country if elected.
Lesser of two evils
The voters have three weeks left to decide which of these two flawed candidates will be the lesser of two evils. America deserves a better choice than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, but that’s the choice we will make on November 8.