Is there a new Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential race?
He wants us to think so.
The “new ” Trump is reaching out to African-American voters, but he’s doing it in front of his usual mostly white crowds at his carefully staged rallies.
He indicates he could soften his approach on immigration, which, if true, will piss off the white supremacist, racist bigots who make up most of his core of loud, off-color, supporters.
He still lashes out with insults and threats towards anyone and everyone who dares question his tactics, usually on Twitter but still in interviews and on the stump.
A new Donald Trump?
Horse hockey. The next thing we know, Lady Gaga will claim she’s a virgin.
The 70-year-old Trump is a stubborn egomaniac who, we’ve learned all too often, is incapable of change, moderation or reason.
Any window dressing right now comes from his plummeting poll numbers and a growing belief that the only remaining real question left in this election is not if he will lose, but how badly.
Trump, of course, claims polls are improving. He said that just before a new Roanoke College polls of Virginia voters shows Clinton leading by 16 points — an incredible gap in a state where Republicans often dominate.
Trump is the poster boy for a Republican Party gone amok, a cause lost in a sea of self aggrandized muck. He has been proven, over and over, he’s liar, con man, promoter of wealth he does not have, business success he did not achieve, charity he doesn’t practice and reality he cannot grasp.
The man who claims he, and only he, can “make America great again” offers a record of four business bankruptcies, failed companies including an airline shuttle service, a mortgage company and a so-called “university” that was really a scam to fleece investor wannabes.
His new “campaign CEO” Steve Bannon is an alt-right nationalist and racist with a purported “news” website that promotes unproven conspiracy theories, fantasies masquerading as facts and unchecked bigotry. Bannon is a film producer who promoted Sarah Palin with a documentary that flopped, both critically and financially.
Trump’s hardcore supporters are packed with white supremacists, bigots, racists, misogynists and those who substitute hate for reason.
Trump and his minions represent the worst of America — easily the most sordid gaggle of miscreants to ever disgrace the political system.
In 2016, we face an election where neither major candidate brings enthusiasm for the future. Hillary Clinton is, at best, a flawed candidate for President. Her disapproval ratings rank high and second only to Trump.
But she is not Donald Trump.
Polls show that is reason enough for her to enjoy a healthy lead among likely voters.
Clinton is bad, voters say, but Trump is worse.
As a newspaperman, former political operative and an American, I sadly must agree with the assessment of current views of likely voters.
Donald Trump represents the worst of America — a greedy, self-promoting liar who thrives off the troubles of others, profits on the woes of those he defrauds and cares only for himself.
His opponent, Hillary Clinton, did serve two terms in the Senate and was Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, where she used a private email server that is a lingering question about her judgment and her credibility because of the misleading answers she gave in investigations of her actions.
She is also is a former first lady, wife of former President Bill Clinton, whose left a semen stain on the front of intern Monica Lewinsky’s dress — his most prominent mark as President.
A sad commentary on the 2016 election for President of the United States.
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