This election cycle has been a doozy to say the least. And, Trump and Clinton have not been alone either. The last 24 hours has had so much happen that it’s hard to know where to begin. The hits just keep happening.
I think I will begin with the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson has complained that his “cause” doesn’t get enough coverage. I give MSNBC credit here because they have had Johnson and Webb, his running mate on several times.
Last night Chris Mathews had the two on his show Hardball. He is doing something he is calling “the college tour”. Johnson and Webb were on the show at a university in New Hampshire. It was a town hall type of setting although Mathews asked all the questions.
I am sure that you remember what is known as the “Aleppo Moment” from the Morning Joe show a few weeks again when Johnson was asked what he would do about Aleppo. His response was “what is Aleppo?”
Things weren’t going too bad for the pair until Mathews asked a simple question. He asked “who is your favorite foreign leader? Which foreign leader do you respect the most?”
Johnson had that “deer in the headlights look” again. He stumbled and bumbled for a while even declaring “I guess I am having another Aleppo moment.” When pressed he finally answered “the former President of Mexico.”
Mathews asked “which one?” After several more uncomfortable moments, Webb started giving him names and he finally settled on Fox. This may seem like a trivial thing to many. But, this man wants to be President. I thought “when does a candidate ask his team to let him know who else in the world there is besides us?”
I now some people desperately want someone other than the current Democrat or Republican nominee. But, please at least pick someone who knows more about the world than Johnson apparently does. That won’t be hard to find, Johnson doesn’t know anything about the world today. And, that should finally put the nail in his campaign’s coffin. He should just stop the nonsense and fall back into that quiet night and go back to sleep.
Of course he wasn’t alone with the hits. Donald Trump couldn’t help himself from “fat shaming” Ms. Machado again, and again, and again. Every time someone has the gall to attack or say something not nice about the Donald, he just can’t stop himself from going on the attack endlessly.
This is just too reminiscent of the fight he had with the Gold Star family after the Democratic Convention. Even his minions are attacking this young woman. If you say anything against their “savior” you will be hounded to death with accusation upon accusation. Even if there is no proof for the accusation.
It makes me wonder if all conservatives suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Behavior. Their doctors should be telling these people to keep taking their medication. They must be skipping it in order to keep attacking so much. I cannot think of any other reason for their behavior.
Then the Los Angeles times has an article claiming that Trump’s golf course outside Los Angeles has been sued for refusing proper breaks and for firing waitresses for “not being pretty enough”.
According to the article, this “not being pretty enough” came directly from Donald Trump every time he visited the golf course. In court documents, managers even said they deliberately changed the work schedule so only the young and pretty hostesses worked when he was in town.
The employees suit about the breaks was settled for over $400,000. Of course, the company would not admit to any “wrongdoing” in the settlement. One woman who sued because she was fired because she was “too fat” settled also. But, that settlement is “secret” like all of Trump’s settlements.
All of this happened after Trump bought the golf course in the early 2000s up until about 2009. Just more proof of Mr. Trump’s misogynistic behavior towards female workers and disregard for labor laws.
Then there is the article in Newsweek this morning. In that article they claim that Donald Trump’s company, with his full knowledge, violated the embargo against Cuba when they secretly went to Cuba to discuss the possibility of building a Casino there if the U.S. ended the embargo.
According to the article, this was right before Trump had decided to campaign for the Presidential nomination of the Reform Party in 1999. At the start of that campaign, the very first stop was in Miami in front of Cuban immigrants.
During that stop, Trump said he would never end the embargo as long as Castro regime was in power. Of course, he never mentioned that his company was already directly dealing with Cuban officials illegally.
When Newsweek asked the campaign for comment about their story, they refused to say anything. What else is new? When you tie this story together with the original story about his business associates overseas, it does make you wonder just whose interest he will have in mind should we be punished by the gods and he becomes President.
Then there was the stop in Iowa yesterday. First he accused Clinton of having “hidden illness” again by saying “she takes so many days off and then can’t walk to her car.” A reference to the 9/11 memorial day when Clinton’s pneumonia caught up with her.
Also at the rally, to make matters even worse in my eyes, he asked people in the audience to “raise your hands if you are not a conservative Christian”. Some actually complied with his “order”. Then he said:
Oh there’s a couple of people, that’s all right. I think we’ll keep them, right? Should we keep them in the room, yes? I think so.
I just hope those non-Christian conservatives got out of there with their lives. What an absurd thing to do. What point, exactly, is Trump trying to make by making people identify themselves to the crowd as not being the same as everyone else?
Are Trump supporters now going to have to pass a “religious test” in order to gain access to his rallies? If anyone can seriously look at this disgrace and still support Trump, then that says a lot more about you than him.
However, do not believe that Trump is not part of the Republican Conservative idiots. He is their making. He is exactly what they want. There is no difference between him and Steve King from Iowa, or our Crazy Uncle Louie from Texas, or that so-called “principle based” party hack Ted Cruz who just endorsed him.
Donald Trump is the epitome of the far right-wing crazies in all of their glory. That is why his comment of “I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes” is correct. The white supremacist, racist, save the white race wackos have taken control of the Republican Party.
That is why the Republican Party candidates at all levels must be defeated. The only way we can have a second viable political party is to blow out the Republican Party at the polls so badly that they are left with ashes.
Then maybe the real Republicans will take back their party and make it viable and workable again. If not, this cancer they have infected our country with will continue to grow and poison our social fabric.
Yesterday showed that the Libertarian candidate is a joke and does not deserve any support from reasonable people. Trump has proven, once again, that he IS the Republican Party.
So, I will ask again using the immortal words of Vince Lombardi: What the hell is going on out there?