Even though Mike Pence has laughably claimed that Donald Trump doesn’t like to insult people, and it’s Hillary Clinton who’s running the “insult-driven campaign,” the GOP presidential candidate has fueled his attempted run to the White House largely on insults, attacks and child-like temper-tantrums unlike any we’ve ever seen in U.S. politics.
However, what’s ironic about all of this is that many of the things he’s accused other people of being — are actually what he is. Especially when it comes to Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
Let’s run through a few of these.
Weak: This is a word he’s used to describe both Obama and Clinton, two people who’ve endured more scrutiny than possibly any two politicians in history, yet continue to stand tall and strong as leaders of their party. While both have their critics, they’re still two people who are heavily respected both domestically and internationally by a lot of people.
Meanwhile, Trump’s the man-baby who can’t take criticism from a former Miss Universe without a week-long hissy fit culminating in a 3 a.m. Twitter tirade where he calls her “disgusting” and tries to slander her by telling people that she made a sex tape — even though she didn’t.
In fact, pretty much any time someone dares to hurt Trump’s fragile ego he melts down like a toddler whose parents won’t buy them a new toy.
Crooked: This is Trump’s nickname for Clinton — yet he’s probably the most crooked person to ever win a party’s presidential nomination. From his continued refusal to release his tax returns, to the fact he was found guilty of creating fake anti-gambling groups that used racism to slander Native Americans trying to build casinos that would compete with is, this is someone who’s actually admitted to trying to buy off politicians — yet he has the nerve to call others crooked?
Dishonest/Liar: Without a doubt, Trump is the most dishonest person to ever win a major party’s presidential nomination. This is someone who doesn’t just lie, he literally makes up his own version of reality based on whatever the hell seems to pop into his head at the time he says it. He will deny he said things that there’s indisputable evidence he said and accuse people of things without a shred of evidence to back up whatever he’s claiming, and there’s no point in fact checking him because facts don’t matter.
Sure, all politicians lie, but I’ve never seen one lie like Trump. He’ll take something that’s been soundly debunked (such as this nonsense that Clinton started the birther conspiracies) and just keep repeating it no matter how many times someone points out that what he’s saying isn’t remotely true — it simply doesn’t matter.
Helping strengthen ISIS: I’m sorry, but of the three individuals, only Donald Trump has been used in ISIS recruitment propaganda.
Bad judgement: Last time I checked, he was the only one of the three with multiple bankruptcies, had three different campaign managers in just a few months and lost nearly one billion dollars in a single year due to poor business decisions. And whatever happened to Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka and Trump University? Oh, they were all failures (if not outright frauds in the case of Trump U) — along with a whole host of other products.
Lack Stamina: Hillary Clinton has been dealing with relentless political attacks, and has been a public servant, for nearly a quarter century. She’s endured hundreds of millions of dollars spent attacking and slandering her, yet here she is on the precipice of potentially becoming our next president.
Meanwhile, Trump is in the middle of one of the most epic meltdowns in political history… because he apparently can’t handle even a few weeks of intense media scrutiny.
They’re stupid: Two highly educated, well-spoken and immensely informed individuals who can talk specifics about policy, government and foreign affairs for hours — vs. a guy with the vocabulary of a temperamental 4th grader who says he uses “the best words — the best.”
They’re rigging the election: This isn’t a direct attack on Obama or Clinton, but it involves them. He’s claiming that some forces tied to both are behind some elaborate plot to “rig” the election against him.
However, the truth is, what Trump’s been trying to do for months is push this “the system is rigged” nonsense to try to intimidate the press into backing off of him and set the stage for the litany of excuses he’ll give if he loses on November 8th.
But what he’s also trying to do is set the stage to where millions of Americans cast doubt on the outcome of this election because his plan to intimidate and try to control the press isn’t working. He’s tried to bully debate moderators into not fact-checking him; suggested his supporters should become “poll watchers” (which is a tactic used decades ago to try to keep minorities from showing up to vote); he’s claimed the entirety of the media and even the polls (at least the ones not favorable to him) are all “rigged against him” because they’re not telling him what he wants to hear; and he’s aggressively lashing out at anyone who criticizes him hoping to deter others from doing the same thing in the future.
This is someone who’s purposely trying to use his influence to strong-arm the press, undermine an election and build armies of his followers to commit blatant voter intimidation hoping he can “rig” the election in his favor.
Luckily none of this seems to be working, but it’s clear that’s what he’s spent the last few months trying to do.
They’re insiders who are part of the problem: Sorry, but a guy who admits to trying to buy off politicians doesn’t get the right to claim that he’s the ethical one. A big reason why our government is so inefficient and corrupt is because of people like Trump who’ve spent decades using their money and influence to push politicians to support legislation that benefits them at the expense of everyone else.
It takes a special kind of fool to believe that the best way to fix a problem is by handing power over to the very type of person who was largely responsible for creating it in the first place. All Trump’s trying to do is cut out the middleman so he can directly influence policy to benefit his interests on his own without having to use his own money to do so.
A bigot/horrible to women: Yes, the self-admitted sexual predator and man whose company was found to have been racially discriminating against minorities has accused Clinton of being worse to woman and of being a bigot. I’m sure between the growing list of women accusing him of sexual harassment and re-tweeting white supremacist propaganda, he’ll come up with a good explanation for his accusations against her.
There are plenty more, but I’ll cut it off there. At this point, all I can do is laugh when I see Trump go on his tirades against Hillary Clinton and President Obama, accusing them of being exactly who he is.
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