Posted by: maboulette | June 3, 2016

WHO HAD THE BETTER WEEK – CLINTON OR TRUMP?

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Because of two issues this has not been a good week for Donald Trump.  First is the Trump University lawsuits which has been brought to the arena before but never seemed to stick.  What changed?

The vague and somewhat abstract became concrete with the release of the documents involving the class-action lawsuit against Trump.  Former students of Trump U are suing the Republican candidate for president and these documents showed why.

This was not general characterizations of what went on – instead these documents showed exactly what former employees were testifying about.  They were instructed to encourage the students to max out their credit cards, how they used the students’ desperation (“if they are a single parent with 3 children and need money for food?”) as a tool in manipulating them into making larger and larger purchases of the life-changing seminars, or how one Trump U sales rep was reprimanded after he failed to push a struggling couple to sign up for a $35,000 package because he knew they just couldn’t afford it.

This showed the morals that Donald Trump would use if elected president – what he would bring to the White House.

The number two happening that has brought Trump down was the speech that Hillary Clinton gave on Foreign Policy.  Clinton took her biggest shot yet at the idea of a Trump presidency.

Although the speech was billed a major foreign policy address, the speech was structured as a traditional campaign policy address, with Clinton laying out her ideas and contrasting them with her opponents.   Actually it was about why Donald Trump, the person, is unfit to hold the highest office in the land.

Clinton began with showing that Donald Trump’s ideas are not only different – they are dangerously incoherent.  She continued, with a few lines that really cut to the core of the speech:

“They’re not even really ideas: just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies. He’s not just unprepared; he’s temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility. This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes — because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”

This is the most unrestrained and diplomatic that Clinton has been seen for most of the campaign.  This was called by some as full-on firebrand, full of righteous rage at the idea that someone such as Trump could possibly be president of the United States.

The speech was also devoted to Clinton outlining her vision for world affairs – strengthen America’s economy, work with allies, take the fight to terrorists and the like.  But those are not really the focus: her discussion of her own ideas is brief and her attacks on Trump took up the majority of the speech.

After a brief summary of her plan to fights ISIS – intensify bombing campaign, create a safe zone in Syria – she quickly pivoted straight to Trump’s claim that he has a “secret” plan to fight ISIS.  Well, you don’t vote for a president because of “secret plans”.

Likewise, she talked about the need to work with allies as she highlighted Trump’s proposal to withdraw from our security alliance with Japan if they do not start paying the US money, and tell them to get nukes instead.

The language in the last sentence – “I wonder if he even realizes” – is the key to understanding this speech.  Clinton’s argument, over and over again, is that Donald Trump really does not understand the policy issues at stake and thru carelessly proposes policies that would only end up doing massive harm without even understanding it.

“He says he doesn’t have to listen to our generals or ambassadors, because he has – quote – ‘a very good brain,” she argued. “He also said, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.’ You know what? I don’t believe him.”

The speech on Wednesday, then, was not a narrow foreign policy address.  It was Clinton explaining her fundamental case against Donald Trump – one that hits on exactly what makes so many voters so uneasy about a Trump’s candidacy.

Donald Trump is dangerously ignorant.

Since that speech Clinton’s poll numbers has her beating Trump 2-to-1 on who has the right “experience” to be president.   Clinton gets 62 percent, compared to 31 percent for Trump.

On a related question of who would work well with both parties to ‘get things done,’ Clinton tops Trump 51 to 39 percent, a 12-point edge.

And on who would show good judgement in a crisis, Clinton tops Trump 48 to 39 per cent.

There is a problem with numbers against Sanders, with polls showing a neck to neck race with Clinton leading by 1 to 2 points.

As for Trump and his “thin skin” Trump roared after the speech   “And remember I said I was a counter-puncher?” I am. After what she said about me today and her phony speech. That was a phony speech. That was a Donald Trump hit job. I will say this. Hillary Clinton has to go to jail. She has to go to jail.”

He didn’t debate where Clinton was wrong on the issues – just that she needs to go to jail.  So it is my opinion that this was a good week for Hillary and not so good for Trump.

 

 

 


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