Donald Trump is a liar of the likes we have never seen before at the presidential level. He’s branded a type of speed-lying that serves as an ambush to anyone who could possibly scrutinize what he says while simultaneously coming across as a bastion of knowledge to those who look to find it only through him. His debate performance, while incoherently infantile, was no exception to this strategy. In many ways, it almost seems difficult to lie as much as he does. Either way, he’s certainly forcing his campaign to put in work just to keep up with everything that comes out of his mouth.
From Trump’s rambling harangues to his jingo lingo, Secretary Hillary Clinton has no choice but to treat him like a formidable opponent lest she succumb to the star of THE APPRENTICE winning the White House. That would not only humiliate her, it could mark the beginning of the unraveling of our country. Fortunately for us, she’s no stranger to political wit and effective strategy. Clinton managed to not only remind us of how terrible Trump is, she conveyed a steadfast recipe of public policy, packaged palpably to all Americans. In other words, she did her job.
When Trump quintupled down on his vicious attack in calling Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig”, instead of pivoting away to virtually anything else, he dug his heels in that cow pie by adding that “she deserves it!”. We know Trump has an 8-ball for a brain and thankfully Hillary Clinton knows it as well, which is how and why she was able to let Trump be Trump; all he needed to do was find a shovel to dig his own debate grave.
Secretary Clinton managed to hit the Donald on his loans, housing discrimination, birtherism, multiple bankruptcies, deadbeatness and even served a late September, October surprise with the bombshell story on his sexist, racist, harassment of a Latina, former Ms. Universe winner, who he fat-shamed and called “Ms. Housekeeping”. When she wasn’t highlighting the stark differences in humanity between herself and Trump, she made the case for her own plan for the future. She reiterated how the United States must catch up to the rest of the world with paid family leave. She promoted profit sharing for employees who actually make the goods that bring money into the companies they work for. She proposed a progressive tax system where the rich will end paying more so that we can rebuild the country, finance projects that create jobs, rebuild schools and invest in renewable energy, a solution to the globally existential threat of climate change which Trump calls a “Chinese hoax” (he later deleted that tweet after the debate). Hillary Clinton actually gave us a reasonable, tangible and robust plan. That’s what prepared and qualified presidential candidates do.
While she is doing everything she can to earn our support, it’s important that we also do our part in holding Donald Trump accountable. We need to not only vote for Secretary Clinton, we need to have tough conversations with each other, our conservative uncle, our friends, neighbors, and even ourselves if we are on the fence with third party candidates, or God forbid, Trump. Records matter; we need to remember that while Clinton was Secretary of State, US exports increased by 30%. She has laid down the ground work and proposed an even more extensive intelligence surge in our fight against ISIL and global terrorism. She wants to continue the progress we’ve made against ISIL in the Levant. In the last twelve months, the Islamic State has lost half of its territory in Iraq and 40% of all its territory, pushing it further and further toward the Syrian border, increasing its constriction. The current administration, which endorses her, is facilitating the pressure that has caused ISIL to lose control of Tikrit, Ramadi and most likely, Mosul, by early October, their largest occupation. It’s important to note that crime in America is down to half of what it was in 1991. It’s important to know that in 2015, the United States exported more oil than it had imported. It’s important to note that Secretary Clinton used the debate to argue her case to the American people, not to plug golf courses and new hotel projects. The difference between the two candidates couldn’t be more clear and there is a lot to be proud of in the work Clinton has done over her career and as Secretary of State.
While we should remain hopeful toward our chances of defeating Trump, we should be hungry to elect Secretary Clinton. This election is not a decision between two evils, it’s between good and evil. It’s between progress and tired, failed policies. As James Carville writes in his new book, WE’RE STILL RIGHT AND THEY'RE STILL WRONG, it’s between a legacy of American GDP growing 30% faster under Democrats and 25% slower under Republicans. This election is not just about rejecting the vitriolic hatred of a candidate propped up by a base that believes President Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. This election is about showing the world and ourselves that we still can work toward becoming the reflection of our better angels.
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