Maybe I’m naive, but I’ve always lived by a creed that, win or lose, I’m going to be true to myself and other people. Does that mean I’m always right? Of course not. But there’s a difference between simply being wrong about something, and blatantly lying in an attempt to essentially “cheat to win.”
That being said, I’m also realistic when it comes to politics. I’m fully aware that most politicians live in a world where half-truths, misinformation and sometimes even outright lies are a part of the “game.” While that’s unfortunate, the sad truth is, we are the reason for that. As voters, we want politicians who tell us what we want to hear, which forces many politicians to pander to those wants instead of telling us the truth 100% of the time.
Trust me, if politicians told us the truth all the time, many of us wouldn’t like what they had to say. Let’s face it, in today’s political world, politics is often nothing more than a popularity contest. It’s usually about who we “like” the most, not necessarily who’s the best for the job.
That being said, there’s a drastic difference between “politics as usual” when it comes to your run-of-the-mill political campaigns, and what we’ve seen with Donald Trump’s circus.
As I’ve said in the past, Trump’s running something that resembles a cult much more than it does a presidential campaign. His campaign has absolutely no regard for facts, truth or even basic decency. Donald Trump and his campaign have proven time and time again that all they care about is winning and they’ll say or do practically anything just as long as they think it will help them achieve that goal.
Which is basically what Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway, admitted to MSNBC’s Brian Williams when she was confronted with the fact that the “Clinton’s facing an imminent indictment” story Trump and his campaign had been pushing over the last few days turned out to be complete fiction.
“This has been walked back, the indictment portion, by Fox News who originally reported it and by NBC News which has done subsequent reporting on this,” Williams said. “Will Donald Trump amend his stump speech to walk back the same thing?”
“Well, the damage is done to Hillary Clinton,” Conway replied. “No matter how it’s being termed the voters are hearing it for what it is, a culture of corruption.”
In other words, who cares if the story isn’t remotely true, they were effective at making voters think it was, which helps Trump’s chances — so that’s all that really matters.
Later, Williams pressed her even more about the ethics behind blatantly misleading voters about a political opponent on something as serious as an FBI indictment.
“As a lawyer, you would concede indictment is not only a term of art, it’s a term of law and that’s a big difference to use the expression likely indictment when all the reporting is to the contrary,” Williams stated.
“Fine,” Conway replied. “It just doesn’t change what’s in voters’ minds right now and you see in the your own polling, you see in the other polling, Brian, which is, even though the polls were tightening before last Friday’s explosive announcement by Mr. Comey you see that voters are putting it in this large cauldron of impressions and images and individuals and issues from which they eventually make a choice.”
Before I get to what she said, I’d like to point out how suddenly polls matter again when just a few weeks ago Trump’s campaign was basically saying they were all “rigged.” Yet, now that they’re more favorable to Trump than they were before, suddenly they want to talk about the polls again.
But what Conway’s saying is that they don’t care what is or isn’t true, because they believe that the propaganda and lies they’ve been pushing over the last week are effectively misleading voters into thinking negatively about Hillary Clinton.
Who cares if practically everything they’ve been saying has been unequivocally false, they feel the data they’re seeing shows them it’s working to make voters doubt Clinton, so they’re fine with it.
Let’s not forget that Donald Trump is the scumbag who, on the day of the Indiana primary, floated the absurd rumor that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in JFK’s assassination. That also follows rumors that he was behind the National Enquirer story that claimed Cruz was having multiple affairs.
Though I would like to reiterate that we’re not talking about “politics as usual” like we see with all campaigns, from both Democrats and Republicans. This is a pattern from Donald Trump and his campaign where they’ll say or do anything just as long as they feel it will hurt his opponents.
So, while Donald Trump continues to accuse Hillary Clinton of being shady, crooked and corrupt, it’s actually his campaign that’s proven time and time again to be one of the most morally bankrupt and unethical presidential campaigns in our nation’s history.
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