Posted by: maboulette | October 15, 2016

The Most Disgusting Presidential Election I Have Ever Seen


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Donald Trump issued a breath-taking call to arms Thursday as he ardently denied accusations that he groped and kissed numerous women without their consent, charging that his accusers were part of a global conspiracy to quench his outsider movement.

Scrambling to turn around his struggling campaign, Trump declared war on the news media and multinational corporations, ­alleging that they are conspiring with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to orchestrate “the single greatest pile-on in history” and undermine his ­campaign, which he said was an “existential threat” to the global establishment.

“The Clinton machine is at the center of this power structure,” the Republican nominee said at a rally in West Palm Beach, Fla. “Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed. They will attack you, they will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and your family. . . . They will lie, lie, lie.”

Trump’s fiery diatribe came just minutes after first lady Michelle Obama tried to summon the morality of a nation by saying that Trump’s degrading comments about women were an affront to all citizens.

The dueling speeches made for a remarkable moment in a roiling presidential campaign and signaled that the final 25 days would focus not on policy or ideology but on character

The first lady, frustrated and angry, said video of Trump in 2005 bragging about leveraging his stardom to force himself upon women “has shaken me to my core.” Although careful never to mention Trump by name, Obama sternly reprimanded him for behavior she called “cruel,” “sick” and devoid of basic human decency.

“This is not politics as usual,” Obama said at a rally for Clinton in Manchester, N.H. “This is disgraceful, it is intolerable, and it doesn’t matter what party you belong to — Democrat, Republican, independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse.”

President Obama picked up where his wife left off, reproving Trump and casting this election as “about affirming democracy.”

Obama also sought to shame Republicans who stood by silently during Trump’s ascent. “You claim the mantle of the party of family values, and this is the guy you nominate? And stand by? And endorse? And campaign with?” he said at an Ohio Democratic Party dinner in Columbus.

In his Florida speech, Trump framed his candidacy in epic, global terms. He said the Nov. 8 election represents “a crossroads in the history of our civilization,” with his populist movement fighting to upend “radical globalization and the disenfranchisement of working people.”

Trump hopes his revolutionary message will electrify his base of angry working-class whites to vote in historic numbers and help him overcome what polls suggest could be an insurmountable deficit to Clinton with virtually every other demographic group.

Trump’s remarks, which he read from a teleprompter, were laced with the kind of global conspiracies and invective common in the writings of the alternative-right, white-nationalist activists who see him as their champion. Some critics also heard echoes of historical anti-Semitic slurs in Trump’s allegations that Clinton “meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty” and that media and financial elites were part of a soulless cabal out to destroy “our great civilization.”

“It’s a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities,” Trump said.

The speech bore the imprint of Stephen K. Bannon, the Trump campaign’s chief executive, who until recently was the executive chairman of Breitbart, a conservative website that serves as the virtual town square of the alt-right movement.

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that Trump “should avoid rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews” and “keep hate out of campaign.”

Trump leveled searing charges against Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton. He accused them of engaging in “a massive coverup of widespread criminal activity at the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.”

“The Clintons are criminals,” Trump said. “Remember that. They’re criminals.”

Trump dismissed the claims of sexual harassment made by several women Wednesday as an “absolute horror show of lies” and labeled his accusers — as well as the journalists who reported their stories — “horrible, horrible liars.” He claimed he could prove that their accusations were false, but he declined to detail his evidence.

Trump also claimed that the women were “put forward” by “the Clinton machine,” although there is no evidence that the Clinton campaign was behind the women going public with their accusations. Two women who told the New York Times that Trump touched them inappropriately said they came forward after watching Trump, in Sunday night’s debate, deny ever taking such actions.  (As I am editing this article, another woman has just come forth).

In his Florida speech, Trump lashed out at former People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff, who wrote in a first-person account published Wednesday that Trump kissed her without her consent at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in 2005 when they were alone before an interview with him and his then-pregnant wife, Melania.

“Take a look, you take a look,” Trump urged his supporters. “Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don’t think so.”

Clinton, who was in California on Thursday raising money, told donors at a San Francisco event that the accounts about Trump were “disturbing.”

“The whole world has heard Trump brag about how he mistreats women, and the disturbing stories just keep coming,” Clinton said. “But it’s more than just the way he degrades women, as horrible as that is. He has attacked immigrants, African Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, POWs, Muslims and our military, which he’s called a disaster. There’s hardly any part of America that he’s not targeted.”

The abuse allegations have put Trump further on the defensive at a time when he trails Clinton badly in key battleground states and has been abandoned by dozens of elected Republican officials. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him, though he has not withdrawn his endorsement.

 

Trump publicly chastised the speaker, tweeting, “Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee.”

Trump has done little to put the fire out. He and his campaign have fully committed to a final month of harsh combat by airing allegations of sexual assault by Bill Clinton.

For her part, Clinton seized on Trump’s negativity as a way to taunt him and argue that he is unfit to be president.

“Donald Trump spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing,” Clinton said in Detroit in reference to the debate. “Now, there are a lot of things he should apologize for, right?”

 

 

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