Forget Everything Else: There’s One Main Reason Why Trump’s This Close to the Presidency

This election has put on display exactly how little many Americans actually know about the political process, how government works, or even basic facts. I’ve never seen a time in my life where conspiracies driven by complete and total nonsense are deemed more “credible” than verifiable, factual information.

There’s one undeniable fact that this election has put on full display: Straight, white males are held to a different standard than anybody else.

While that’s not exactly news to many, there are still a lot of people in this country who don’t believe that. I encounter people who think white males are the most “oppressed” demographic in this country all the time. I deal with people practically every day who don’t think racism, bigotry or sexism are even factors in today’s society. It’s astonishing what people can convince themselves of when they don’t want to face the truth.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not some far-leftist who cries racism/sexism lightly. In fact, I’ve taken a lot of flack from liberals for criticizing some of the tactics of Black Lives Matter and some Hillary Clinton supporters who seem to think any male criticism of her is sexist. I’ve condemned terms like “white privilege” or “mansplaining” as counterproductive and divisive. My belief has always been that you don’t combat racism with another form of racism and you don’t counter sexism with another form of sexism.

But that’s a discussion for another day.

That being said, I’m also not afraid to call out racism or sexism whenever I think it needs to be called out. And if Donald Trump’s success during the 2016 election proves anything, it’s that straight, white males are held to a much different standard than any other demographic. There’s absolutely no way in hell anyone but a straight, white male says and does what he’s said and done during his campaign and manages to make it this far.

I’ve asked this question before: Imagine if President Obama or Hillary Clinton had:

  • Been divorced twice.
  • Had at least one affair.
  • Was on their third marriage.
  • Had five kids from three different women.
  • Mocked POWs.
  • Belittled Gold Star parents of a fallen American solider.
  • Accused a white male federal judge of being unable to do their job ethically because of their race and/or gender.
  • Told their supporters to look up the non-existent sex tape of a woman they had just called fat on a major cable news network.
  • Been caught on video bragging about sexually assaulting people and trying to have another affair, this time with a married person.
  • Refused to release their tax returns and lied about why they weren’t doing so.
  • Multiple people accusing them of sexual assault.
  • A case pending against them where they’re being accused of defrauding people out of tens of thousands of dollars.

The list goes on and on. But even if you ignore everything else — neither Obama or Clinton survives even one-third of any of that.

Hell, I don’t think either could have survived an affair, multiple marriages and five children from three different spouses. President Obama would have been slandered racially as a “stereotypical black male who sleeps around with a bunch of women and can’t keep it in his pants,” while Clinton would have been labeled a “slut who lacks morals and is a terrible role model for children.”

Or something along those lines.

Want proof? Look no further than Herman Cain, a Trump-like candidate from the 2012 election. In that election, Cain was the successful businessman, ran as the anti-establishment candidate who had never been a politician, had strong debate performances and a surprising (if not outright shocking) surge to the top of the polls. He wasn’t polished, was charismatic and had easy to remember policy promises like his “9-9-9” tax plan that excited many conservatives.

As quickly as he rose to the top of the GOP presidential leaderboard that year, he fell just as fast.

Why? Because a fraction of the women who’ve accused Trump of sexual assault did the same thing to him. The only difference is Cain had a woman who claimed to have had a 13-year affair with him produce phone and text records showing where the two had contact, though he claimed she was nothing more than a friend. Like Trump’s done this year, Cain claimed these women were liars, blamed the media and accused opponents of using these women to derail his campaign.

However, as these accusations hit, suddenly questions about his actual qualifications, business style and experience on foreign policy issues began to erode his support.

Within a matter of a couple of weeks Cain went from a leading candidate to former candidate because:

  • Several women accused him of sexual harassment.
  • He was accused of having an affair.
  • Some questioned his business success.
  • Doubts sprung up about his knowledge of foreign policies.
  • Some began doubting if he was qualified.

Yet, here Trump is, one extremely close election away from possibly being our next president, despite being a very similar candidate to Cain in many ways except one key difference: He’s white.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being rocked right now, not because of anything she did, but because the FBI found emails on her aide’s husband’s computer during an unrelated investigation into his behavior that they need to review to see if any are classified.

Even if some of these emails are classified, Clinton would’ve had nothing to do with how they ended up on her aide’s husband’s computer. Yet despite that fact, somehow this “story” has been portrayed as the “FBI reopening the case into Clinton’s use of a private email server” — even though that’s not remotely true.

Remember when Republicans vowed to spend years investigating the Bush administration for “losing” 22 million emails, saying that those responsible should be in prison? Yeah, me either.

So, Clinton’s being held accountable for how her aide handled emails. Meanwhile, Trump’s former campaign manager abruptly resigned a few weeks ago after a report came out linking him to pro-Russian groups trying to undermine U.S. policy in Europe, though you almost never hear a damn thing about that.

Hell, one of Trump’s closest friends, Roger Stone, has admitted to having contact with WikiLeaks and practically predicted the leaked emails from John Podesta weeks before anyone knew they had them, but — meh, who cares, right?

All the while, Trump has been the most pro-Russian candidate in U.S. history, even doubting our own intelligence officials who’ve said Russia is behind the hack of the DNC and American citizens.

Apparently, how Clinton’s aide handled emails is much more of a scandal than Russia trying to manipulate a presidential election to elect the pro-Russian candidate they want elected.

Then there’s always infidelity, itself.

When Trump’s caught on video admitting to being a sexual predator, it barely had any real impact on him in the polls. Here we have a man who’s admitted to one affair, was caught on tape bragging about trying to have another (with a married woman), and boasted about sexual assault — yet none of that seems to matter to most people.

Meanwhile, Clinton’s been forced to defend and answer for her husband’s sexual misconduct.

The truth is, Hillary Clinton is being held more accountable for the sexual misconduct of her husband than Donald Trump is for his own words and actions.

The double-standard here is appalling.

Some have said that if Hillary Clinton wasn’t running against Donald Trump, whoever won the GOP nomination would be miles ahead of her in the polls right now. The truth is, if Donald Trump was running against a white male instead of a female, he wouldn’t stand a chance right now.

People can spin it how they want, but the bottom line here is that Hillary Clinton is being held to a much tougher standard than any other presidential candidate in U.S. history, and that’s in large part because she’s a woman trying to defeat a white male.

The simple truth is this: The only reason why Donald Trump stands any chance at becoming our next president is because, as a white male, sexism has allowed him to be held to a much different (and lower) standard than his candidate who just happens to be female.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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