Presidential elections always come in waves of stuff. I even predicted that this one was going to be a wild ride. But, this week has exceeded everyone’s ideas of that wild ride. The hits keep coming and coming and coming.
First, Donald Trump tweeted an antisemitic rant about Hillary Clinton calling her the “most corrupt” person running for President. To make his point, he used the Star of David in his tweet. When everyone screamed about this, he said it “wasn’t the Star of David, it was a sheriffs star”. Only, his social media guru got the picture from a White Supremacist site. A site not know to use “a sheriffs star”. Plus, David Duke defended Trump’s use of the Star of David in the ad. Enough said?
Hillary Clinton met with the FBI over the weekend and testified for over 3 hours. This after the howling about Bill Clinton having a “tarmac meeting” with the Secretary of the Department of Justice. That was stupid of the two of them since it would only mean more fodder for the right-wing propaganda machine. And, it did provide that fodder.
Then yesterday, the FBI gave its final report on the “email scandal”. They said, in paraphrase, that Clinton and her staff were “careless” handling classified material but did not have any “criminal” intent. Therefore, he would not recommend prosecution, as, he said, nor would any reasonable District Attorney.
As I have written before, this is what I expected. Clinton was careless. She should not have used her own server, and she should have been more professional. However, that is not necessarily “criminal behavior”. The handling of classified material is serious business. I know, I lived in that world for 20 years. However, regardless of what “law” you print out and claim she violated, there was no evidence of intent. And, believe it or not, I have seen much worse.
Of course that didn’t stop the right from going off the rails really quick. Trump said that Petraeus did less and got convicted. But, that isn’t true. Petraeus actually knowingly gave classified information to a journalist. A journalist he was having an affair with. That is not the same as using a private server for his emails.
And, of course, Paul Ryan immediately said that Congress would “hold an investigation” into how the FBI conducted the investigation. Wow, what a surprise! The Republicans didn’t get what they wanted, so there must be some nefarious trick being used and therefore, there must be yet another investigation.
Hillary Clinton was stupid. That is as far as I will go on the subject. I don’t know what was in her head when she made the decision to use a private server. I don’t know what transpired when setting up that server. But, she was stupid in using one in the first place. How you decide to look at the whole mess is up to you.
I will say that she is not the first person to use private emails for business purposes in the government. In order to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future, a law needs to be passed that prohibits the use of private email accounts when doing anything for the government. That is the only way to stop this nonsense.
And, stop complaining about how her server “might” have been hacked. Hell, many government computers including the Pentagon’s have been hacked! Whenever a computer of any kind by any agency is used, there exists the possibility of it being hacked. So, even if she used the State Department’s server, there is the possibility that it could have been hacked.
Shortly after calling the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers as being “rigged”, Donald Trump went on to sing the praises of none other than Saddam Hussein! He said we have to hand it to Mr. Hussein because he knew how to handle “terrorists”. He didn’t read any rights. They were terrorists and they were killed.
We now know that the political heroes of Donald Trump are Mr. Vladimir Putin of Russia, Mr. Kim Jong-un of North Korea, and now Saddam Hussein of Iraq. I bet he even has a soft spot in his heart for the Ayatollah of Iran. But, since he is Muslim, he won’t go there publicly.
Finally, while all of this was going on, Donald Trump didn’t get left out of the “mess” that is becoming this Presidential Election. A woman using the anonymous name of Jane Doe filed suit in Federal Court against Mr. Trump. In this suit, she claims that Donald Trump “raped her” in 1994 when she was just 13 years old!
The girl said that she was enticed to attend parties at one Jeffery Epstein, a good buddy of Trump’s, and a Level 3 registered sex offender, the worst kind of offender, one that is dangerous to the public. In earlier comments, Trump called Epstein a “good guy” and “fun to be around”.
The major difference with this case is that there is supposedly a “sworn statement by a witness” to the rape. That is very unusual in any rape case. Also, this is the third woman, as far as I know, that has filed a suit against Mr. Trump for allegedly sexually abusing them. The first was his own ex-wife who dropped the case after her divorce came through. The second was a wife of a “business associate” of Mr. Trump’s. That case was also dropped after Trump settled a different case with her husband.
The woman in this case said that she has been terrified of Mr. Trump. Especially since she claims that he threatened her with “disappearing” if she said anything about what happened. The witness, is supposedly a former employee of Mr. Epstein. The witness, going by the name of Tiffany Doe said that not only did she witness the rape, she says that she is in mortal fear of Mr. Trump to this day:
I am coming forward to swear to the truthfulness of the physical and sexual abuse that I personally witnessed of minor females at the hands of Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein . . . I swear to these facts under the penalty for perjury even though I fully understand that the life of myself and my family is now in grave danger.
I don’t know if all of this is true or not. I know that Donald Trump and his campaign will argue they are “just gold-diggers trying to make a buck off of Mr. Trump”. The usual stupid comments about rape in this country. However, the fact that the woman was only 13 years old at the time is frightening.
No one yet knows if this story is true or not. We need the legal process take its course. But that does not forgive the press from not covering it or not even mentioning it. It is the press’ responsibility to “report” the news. They don’t have to take sides, just let everyone know the case exists. I am very willing to bet you have never heard of this before. If this turn out to be true, and I am not saying it is true, then we could be voting for a pedophile to be our President. Only no one will know because the press isn’t covering the story.
As I said, what a week and it is only Wednesday. The email scandal will haunt Hillary Clinton probably until the day she dies. Only, Donald Trump will be forgiven for his transgressions because he is the opposite of Hillary Clinton and that is all that Republicans care about.
One candidate is supposed to be in jail because she was stupid and used a private server for emails. The other is not even being covered for a supposed rape of a 13-year-old girl and continues to hurl racist slurs against just about everyone. We are told that is “fair and balanced” coverage.
I don’t know if I can handle anymore of this shit. The irony is that this is only going to get worse before it ends. It is like we are living in a comic tragedy. Only there is nothing comic about it, only tragedy!