Even though I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter, I’ll be the first to admit that she’s not the best “politician.” By that I mean she’s not a wonderfully charismatic speaker or a gifted saleswoman. If you actually read up on her personality, she’s an introvert who values privacy.
That doesn’t mean she can’t be an effective leader or president. I’ve said it before, I think a big part of what’s wrong with our government is that we tend to elect the best “salespeople” who simply tell us what we want to hear as opposed to who’s really the best person for the job. That’s basically what a primary election is, a battle between candidates to see who can most effectively pander to that particular party’s voters the best.
Even now, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are making bold promises they know they won’t be able to deliver on. They both might have great intentions, but they also both know they’re lying and misleading voters – though neither will ever admit to that.
However, one thing Clinton is pretty good at is subtle, quiet jabs on opponents, which is another reason why I’m looking forward to this year’s general election. While Bernie Sanders has been a tough candidate for her to go up against because he’s a generally likable guy who’s extremely popular among liberals, Donald Trump is a massive egomaniac who really only achieved the level of success he has because his opponents either waited too late to attack him (Ted Cruz), tried to sink to his level (Marco Rubio) or just weren’t intelligent or likeable enough to take him on (Jeb Bush).
Take for instance her comments during an interview on Meet the Press where she took two perfect shots at Trump’s massive ego.
Chuck Todd asked her about Mark Cuban’s recent comments where he said he would be open to being her running mate. She responded by saying she would be open to all sorts of ideas for a possible running mate including ”successful business people who are really successful as opposed to pretend successful.”
Clearly that was a direct shot at various rumors concerning Trump and quite a few folks who doubt he’s worth the $10 billion he claims he is. This then prompted Todd to follow-up by asking her if she didn’t think the real estate billionaire is as successful as he claims to be.
“That’s why he [Trump] should release his tax returns,” Clinton stated. “Prove that he actually has the level of success he claims he has.”
While on the surface that doesn’t seem like a big deal, to someone with Trump’s ego, that’s a huge shot.
We all know Donald Trump is thin-skinned about issues as silly as the size of his hands, but he’s also extremely touchy when you dare to question his success or his wealth. This is someone who’s made a big part of his campaign the fact that he’s worth $10 billion – he’s really… really rich. You would think someone who’s legitimately worth that amount wouldn’t have any problem proving that he is.
But the truth is, no one really knows just how much he’s actually worth. We could easily find that out if he’d release his tax returns – something that he’s clearly trying to avoid doing at all costs. If you ask me, considering this is something all presidential candidates do, that’s big sign that there’s probably a lot of information in his returns that he feels would really damage his chances at becoming president.
I think it goes without saying that this general election is going to be quite interesting.
Watch the interview below via NBC News:
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