WASHINGTON, December 30, 2015 – If Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump deserves credit for anything, it’s depriving Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, his GOP rivals, the mainstream media and America’s dysfunctional two-party system a shred of respect or deference.
“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” Trump tweeted.
As regards Hillary’s stashing secret U.S. government information on her unsecure home computer server, Trump did not mince words, “She committed a criminal act.”
When Hillary attempted to dust-off her party’s “Republican-war-on-women” mantra in answer to Trump’s off-color, funny, non-PC remarks, she quickly backed off after Trump threatened to make her husband Bill’s boorish behavior toward women – and her vigorous defense of it – a topic for national discussion.
Monday last, the Manchester Union Leader newspaper endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the GOP presidential nomination – a man the latest ABC-Washington Post poll says appeals to a mere 4 percent of the nation’s Republican voters.
Publisher Joseph McQuaid even wrote a front-page editorial saying Trump is “a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy and no deeper understanding of the important and serious role of President of the United States than one of the goons he lets rough up protestors in his crowds.”
Trump responded, saying Joe McQuaid is “a real lowlife” and that “the Union Leader used to be a great paper. Now it is a small fraction of itself.”
“I hate some of these [press] people,” Trump quipped at a recent rally, “I would never kill them. I would never do that.” After appearing to reconsider his position, Trump said, “Uh, let’s see, uh… No, I would never do that.”
When the Republican majority joined with congressional Democrats to give President Obama a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, Trump said, “If anyone needs more evidence of why the American people are suffering at the hands of their own government, look no further than the budget deal announced by [GOP House] Speaker [Paul] Ryan. The only special interest not being served by our government is the American people.”
Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said it best, “I’m not sure it’s possible to exaggerate how the Trump phenomenon has torn the [Republican] party apart, revealing a chasm between establishment and base that is far too wide to bridge with stale Reagan-era rhetoric. Can you picture the Trump legions meekly falling in line behind Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio? I can’t either.”
Neither can I.
The political parties – with their big-spending, gasbag politicians driving up a crushing national debt that will enslave future generations to service its interest payments – have lost all credibility with a sizable swath of the country; those Americans no longer impressed by what politicians say – no matter their party affiliation – but horrified by what they do.
“Donald Trump may seem like the ideal Republican to run against,” says Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi. But she fears hypocrisy will become a campaign issue because the “good, bad and ugly sides of the former president [Bill Clinton] have long been part of the Clinton political equation. The new element is the willingness of the apparent Republican frontrunner to call the presumed Democratic frontrunner out on it… It’s an uncomfortable spot for liberals and feminists… [Hillary’s] not responsible for his actions. But she played a role in backing them up… the Clinton’s’ political marriage makes them ‘fair game.’ The unconventional Trump just dragged a shadow campaign issue out of the shadows. That’s his danger to opponents – and his appeal to some voters.”
According to the most recent CNN/ORC poll, the nation’s voters give Hillary a mere 2 point lead over Trump.
That lead will erode as Trump’s aggressive and disrespectful campaign against entrenched institutional hypocrisy ramps up.