Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Real Campaign Reset

Republicans are still caught maundering about Trump and a reset for the Presidential campaign, after the primaries.  Well, given the absolutely nauseating job that Trump is doing, it is time we prepare for the real reset that we are about to see: the reset of the hatred, the lies and the smears, ratcheting them up to an ever higher level in their effort to batter Hillary into the ground.  I'd like to quote from an article in the Washington Post, detailing today's effort in that direction from the Trump campaign.  It's a lot to quote, but I want to make sure that you see that it's not a few left wing bloggers saying this; something is really happening which is unprecedented in American politics.

"Donald Trump unleashed a series of nasty personal attacks Saturday against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, mocking her appearance and questioning her mental health several times during a New Hampshire campaign rally and on social media."

We have seen incredibly nasty campaigns, featuring the lowest of lies, from Republicans in the past, but really, even the likes of Lee Atwater or Karl Rove did not give us this incessant display of the absolute lowest of human behavior.

"She is a totally unhinged person. She's unbalanced. And all you have to do is watch her, see her, read about her,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Windham, N.H., Saturday evening. “She will cause — if she wins, which hopefully she won't — the destruction of our country from within."

The above quotation from Trump is, of course, a perfect example of a long time Republican strategy that has risen in Trump's hands from a dirty trick to an abomination.  This statement is, as every one of us knows, a virtually perfect description of Trump himself.  Now, he just accuses Hillary of all of his own disgusting behavior, counting on the press to (as usual) refuse to state that once again, it is the Republican that these words actually describe, and instead treating the whole thing like an elementary school shouting match in which either party might be guilty.  And this works with all too many voters in this country, who do not seem to be able to remember exactly who is engaging in malignant behavior.

“Honestly, I don’t think she’s all there,” Trump told the crowd in Windham.  Trump’s most forceful policy-oriented attack centered on Clinton’s support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, using her vote as a U.S. senator from New York to call her foreign-policy judgment into question. Trump wrongly claimed, as he often does on the campaign trail, that he did not support the Iraq War. That claim has been repeatedly proved false."

Lies, all lies, as usual with Republicans, because they do not have any truth to provide.  But once again, the press treats the whole thing with the usual both-siderism, doing their damned best to turn the country over to a traitorous would-be dictator.

“I’ve always had a great temperament. And you know, I win. I have a winning temperament. We’re going to win, we’re going to start winning again,” he said. “But I’ve won. My whole life has been about winning. I win. She can’t win. She’s not a winner. She can’t win.”

 The great Trump, with his great temperament and his great winning!  The guy is totally deranged, so let's just call Hillary deranged too, for "fairness."

I  included the last to remind you of what a delusional, narcissistic bully Trump is.  It is absolutely crazy that anyone would want him to have control of any aspect of their lives, yet all of this, and the treason and the racism and the hatred, and the crookedness in business too, are taken as the equivalent of Hillary's use of two e-mails, which were not classified, which contain not a thing that was secret (not that any of the followers of Trump have read them) and which were totally harmless.

And if this doesn't work, there is no other strategy- no other strategy they have nor any other one Trump wants- except to ramp up the lies and the smears until the 40% of the public who support him have become a howling, violent mob; something which seems to be a really good idea, apparently, to Republican leaders, and mainstream media sources like the New York Times too.


Marc said...

Doesn't he look tired?

Jerry Critter said...

Trump's response to criticism of him is what we use to see on the grade school playground,

"I know you are, but what am I?"

Green Eagle said...

Jerry, with the exception that, when it happens on the grade school playground it is not a cynical, deliberate strategy honed by experts with decades of experience in learning how to make it as difficult as possible for people to distinguish between truth and lies.