Protests on the streets and a shakeup inside the Democratic National Committee kicks off the party’s nominating convention in Philadelphia Monday, signaling that matters are nowhere near settled as the second and last convention of the 2016 Presidential Convention gets underway.
Amid the rancor, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and her selected vice presidential running mate Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, presented a more calm demeanor in an interview with Scott Pelly on 60 Minutes Sunday night.
Their show of unity and optimism provided a sharp contrast to the appearance a week before by bombastic Donald Trump and Mike Pence on the same show.
The Democrats have four days to show more style, more substance and more purpose than the rancorous, disjointed and bitter Republican carnival that splashed on TV screens last week.
While the Democrats open their efforts in Philadelphia Monday, Trump and Pence take their sideshow to Roanoke, Virginia, to try and drum up more hate, anger and bitterness in Kaine’s home state.
Trump also hopes to stoke the fires of discontent among Bernie Sanders devotees who are less-than-satisfied with their candidate’s support of Clinton and Kaine.
Some of Sanders’ supporters are calling Bernie “a traitor” for giving in. Such is the tone that will most likely define the rest of the election until the voters decide in November who becomes President.
Traditional political thinking suggests the election is Clinton’s to lose. Early polling after the conclusion of last week’s convention says Trump’s “America is broken and only I can fix it” approach is wearing then among the population that will decide the election.
After his aides suggested he was moderating his strong religious bigotry against Muslims, Trump does what he often does — proved them to be liars and declared that he wants more, not less, antipathy, anger and hatred against a religion that includes many Americans.
Republican leaders who stayed away from their party’s convention last week has nothing good to say about their party’s prospects for this election and are already looking to 2020 to see who might lead them back into political reality after the Trump debacles.
The Washington Post is already on record saying “Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy.”
The paper editorialized:
Donald J. Trump, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.
“In an ordinary election year, we would acknowledge the Republican nominee, move on the Democratic convention and spend the following months, like other voters, evaluating the candidates’ performance in debates, on the stump and in position papers,” the paper wrote.
“This year we will follow the campaign as always, offering honest views on all the candidates. But we cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”
Capitol Hill Blue does not endorse candidates but we must agree with The Washington Post in their belief that Donald Trump is a danger to both the soul and heart of America.
We join The Post in declaring him a threat to the Constitution and as “a unique and present danger” to the country we love.
While we have problems with Hillary Clinton and will continue to examine her record and actions, we do not believe she is an enemy of America.
Donald Trump is a threat to the Constitution, a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, a bully and a thug.
He deserves no less than disdain, disgust and disregard.
He is the chosen candidate of the White Supremacist movement in America, the racists and bigots who declared that with his nomination “out time has come.”
He is our enemy.
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