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Trump’s Awfulness Is Nothing New. But Tonight, The Right Is Carrying Clinton’s Water As She Sells America Down The River.

By  |  October 8, 2016, 12:28am  |  @DustinSiggins


Donald Trump is a very immoral person. This is no surprise to anyone who has looked into even a small part of his background.

Like many on the right, Erick has slammed Trump. He has also, like many on the right, said that Trump should drop out, or VP nominee Mike Pence should.

With respect, Erick and many other conservatives and Republicans are walking right into the Left’s trap. Consider:

First, yes, slam Trump. But the tunnel vision focus on decade-old comments ignores the real damage from the newest Clinton scandal by Wikileaks. Quoting The Washington Examiner:

Clinton said in a speech to Banco Itau, an Italian bank, that she supported “open borders” and free trade in May 2013.

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,” she said. Clinton pocketed $225,000 for the Banco Itau speech.

The excerpts were described as “flags” from the Democratic nominee’s paid speeches as identified by “HWA,” likely an acronym for the Harry Walker Agency, which represented both Clintons on the paid speaking circuit.

Other transcripts showed her touting her “great relations” with Wall Street and featured her defending big banks against the “oversimplification” people made when blaming them for the financial crisis.

She told Nexenta, a technology company, in a 2014 paid speech that she was aware of the rules barring Blackberry use at the State Department.

If the document dump is proven to be accurate, this means Clinton a) lied about risking national security through what would become her e-mail scandals, b) is probably going to protect the same banks that threw Main Street under the bus for the last decade, and c) is willing to sell U.S. sovereignty as easily as Trump sold his wedding vows.

Yes, bash Trump, conservatives and Republicans. But if his decade-old comments that have little relevance to the job of President of the United States sink him in your eyes, don’t let the media protect Clinton’s newest should-be scandal from the attention it needs.

Secondly, speaking of the media, it’s literally sexier to highlight Trump. I get it. But while I am a daily reader of Mediaite and POLITICO — and Mediaite has published me twice over the years — right now the main pages of both sites are pushing Trump’s comments far more aggressively than the new Clinton scandal that actually endangers the country, including possible lawbreaking.

They’re not alone. But it’s a fool’s errand to think that Pence is so much more electable than Trump. On its face, it sounds good, and Pence is far preferable to Trump (despite his own concerning policy prescriptions, such as a compromise that led to Medicaid expansion in Indiana and his abandonment of religious liberty last year) — but narratives like the one promoted by Vox’s Emily Crockett would dominate. According to Crockett, Pence’s pro-life views put women in danger.

Remember, it wasn’t as though Mitt Romney was as bad as Donald Trump morally or in how he presented himself, and his policies were very moderate, on the whole. Yet the Left (and President Obama, and the press) had no problem portraying him as a danger to the country, etc. — just as is typically done to Republicans.

Additionally, many Trump backers would see a Trump resignation as a betrayal, and they’d ditch the GOP on Election Day.

The GOP wrought the continuation of its own death by having Trump as nominee. Good riddance. But the right should not aid the media in allowing the Democrats’ far worse candidate, who literally puts the country in danger as she flouts the law, to slide under the radar.

I made this same argument earlier on Twitter: