At least every other day someone asks me whether or not I think Donald Trump can win in November – to which I always insist that he absolutely can and they should never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. Especially considering we’re already into September and the media has done its best to make Trump appear credible while attempting to paint Clinton as “just as flawed” as the completely inept and unqualified GOP presidential candidate.
A perfect example of this occurred Thursday morning during a discussion between MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and Joe Scarborough concerning the recent Commander-in-Chief forum. While Clinton’s performance wasn’t the best she’s ever given, it was about what you’d expect from someone trying to answer highly complex questions in less than 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump was a disaster. In less than a half hour he:
- Lied about opposing the Iraq War from the beginning.
- Acted as if he was against removing Gaddafi from Libya when he wasn’t.
- Advocated for the war crime of “keeping the oil” of a sovereign nation.
- Belittled our generals.
- Suggested that he would politicize his military advisory board and the general selection process by only allowing military leaders who told him what he wanted to hear hold those positions — which defeats the purpose of having an advisory board in the first place.
- Heaped a whole lot of praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Doubted the overwhelming evidence from our security agencies that have said the recent hacking of the DNC and other officials was carried out by the Russian government.
- Tried to claim that a tweet he sent out where he clearly said that women should have expected to be sexually assaulted after mixing with men in the military didn’t mean exactly what he meant when he sent it out.
Yet, despite the fact that he did all of that, if you ask Todd or Scarborough who “won” Wednesday evening, they both think it was a “tie.”
Why, you ask?
Well, because Clinton’s answers to extremely complex questions about confidential material were apparently too complicated and in-depth.
“It seems to me and I think you drew the same conclusion that many of us have around the table,” Scarborough said. “Last night, really nobody was a winner. It was more of a draw. You’ve got to have the head coaches on both teams going, ‘My God, we better show up more than we did last night.'”
“There’s no doubt,” Todd agreed. “They both need better debate prep. Hers, though, is not informational. Right? Hers is stylistic, hers is also figuring out how to give an email answer that is credible and at the same time short. She gets bogged down in detail.”
Yes, despite the fact that Trump advocated war crimes, blatantly lied about his previous stances on Iran and Libya and gushed over the “leadership” of Putin — it was a “tie” because Clinton can’t explain an extremely complicated situation in a one or two sentences.
But it got even more idiotic because, even after agreeing with Scarborough that it was a “tie,” Todd then admitted that Trump said a lot of really shocking and “troubling” things.
“It’s interesting, everybody on one hand is, ‘Well, she didn’t do well.’ No doubt she didn’t do well,” Todd stated. “But the totality of Trump’s missed opportunity combined with eye-popping statements that he made. Eight troubling statements in 24 minutes is what we calculated.”
“I think there are going to be people in uniform that just feel that is beyond a demeaning thing,” he added. “Frankly, he had an easy opportunity last night and he whiffed.”
So, these two well-known faces of MSNBC and NBC News agreed that the Commander-in-Chief former was a “tie” because Hillary Clinton’s answers were too informative; meanwhile, Trump did everything I listed above and proved once again that he’s completely clueless about foreign policy.
And that’s how Trump could end up as our next president.
The media continues to paint these two as near equals — which is not even close to being true. These two agreed that the forum was a “tie” because one candidate is so informed about what’s going on that her answers are too detailed — while the other is so totally and completely incompetent he advocated committing a war crime, doesn’t seem to understand the process by which generals are promoted and blatantly lied about what he heard during his intelligence briefing.
If the media doesn’t begin to actually do their job and start calling out these lies Trump repeats constantly, when they damn well know they’re not true, it’s not going to shock me if he becomes our next president. Every time he can sit there and claim he didn’t support the Iraq War (he did); that removing Gaddafi was a mistake (he advocated for it on his own blog); that we should have “taken the oil” from Iraq (a war crime); and they never press him to provide specifics on what his foreign policy is — all while nitpicking anything and everything Hillary Clinton says and does, even if it’s being too detailed in answering a complex question — they’re giving him exactly what he wants (and needs) to become our next president.
Watch the exchange below via MSNBC:
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