Donald Trump decided to venture Wednesday into the land that he claims ships rapists, murderers and drug dealers to the United States in an attempt to showcase his ever-evolving positions on immigration.
A hastily arranged visit to Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto is Trump’s latest attempt to reverse his continuing slide in the polls and diminishing chance to take the White House in the November general election.
The visit precludes what Trump claims will be a “major speech” on immigration, the issue where his hardcore “build a wall” and “ship them home” statements played well with the extreme wing and racist wings of the GOP.
Will the dramatic play work? Who the hell knows? All we used to know and expect in politics fell off a cliff long ago with this year’s Presidential election.
Trump’s deficit in the polls shows him further behind any challenger in history at the point in the election. No one has come back from such a point to win the election.
But Trump has defied the odds throughout his improbable campaign. He faces a challenger with a closet overflowing with skeletons and a public disapproval rating second only to his. Campaign 2016 is a race of losers.
Odds say Clinton, despite her baggage of the private email server while Secretary of State and other issues, will win easily. But odds at the beginning of the too-long Presidential campaign said the flamboyant Trump had no chance in hell of beating out the gang of GOP Presidential wannabes who eventually fell by the wayside.
If Trump loses, much of the blame rests with the struggling Republican Party that let him capture the nomination with flamboyant egotism, constant lying and extremely limited knowledge of what it takes to run a nation.
Trump claims he is up to the job because he is an “exceptional businessman. ” A closer look at his debt-laden financials suggest the only real thing that is exceptional is how he has managed to avoid more bankruptcies that wiped at least four of his businesses off he map.
Trump overstates his wealth as causally as he spouts bloated claims about his business prowess. His list of failures is long and growing, from Trump casinos and Trump Shuttle and Trump mortgage and Trump magazine and may more.
He’s the only Presidential candidate in recent times to refuse to release his tax returns, documents that most likely show his wealth is far less than he claims and his other claims of millions of dollars in charitable contributions are just more of his mountain of lies.
Clinton lies too but the tax returns of she and husband and former President Bill are public. They give millions to charity.
She used a private email server that was less than secure to send and receive thousands of messages during her time as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. She says former Secretary of States Colin Powell advised her to set up and use such a system
Powell says he doesn’t remember saying that. He also has “no recollection” of the dinner where Clinton said he said it.
Let’s face it. Neither of our choices for President is worthy of election.
But someone has to take the reins of government when Barack Obama’s term ends in January 2017.
Not much of a choice but it is one we will have to make.
Oh yes, we have a Libertarian candidate (Gary Johnson) and one from the “green” party (Jill Stein). Neither have pulled enough poll support to even top 10 percent and they each need 15 percent to be included in the upcoming Presidential debates.
So our choice is Clinton or Trump.
Take your pick.
Then be afraid. Be very afraid.
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