Thursday, May 05, 2016
      ( 7:01 PM ) posted by Setsuled  
I've been studying current U.S. politics for the past thirty minutes. I admit I haven't been paying very much attention having mostly been concerned with mid-17th century English politics over the past year. But even I haven't been able to avoid contemplating the nightmare Murder Clown named Donald Trump. Clown is the best term for him--he looks ridiculous but is actually scary. Scarier now that he's got the Republican nomination sewn up. Though I've seen several articles talk about how very far behind Hillary Clinton he is in the general election polls. Not to mention the fact that the only prominent Republicans who aren't disgusted at the thought of endorsing him range from the lobotomised to the emotionally paralysed. It's the walking dead Chris Christie and Ben Carson shuffling against the likes of Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham, John Boehner, and even all the Bushes.

The only flaw in this attack ad is the music but attack ads of all stripes tend to have no instinct for score.

I never thought I'd say I had respect for Mitt Romney but I have to say, yeah, looks like he has some genuine integrity. Mostly I bet most of these Republicans would switch to Democrats if it weren't for the spectre of, well, Arlen Specter who had a long and respected career as a Republican until he switched to Democrat and promptly lost his seat in the next election.

I wanted to get a taste for what pro-Trump press was like so I did a search for "U.S. conservative news". I guess that was the wrong thing because sites like The Weekly Standard and The New Republic have just as many caricatures and anti-Trump opinion pieces as any liberal site.

One worrying thing is that, looking at the Twitter accounts of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump, Trump has the most followers, ahead of Hillary Clinton's 6.14 million at 7.97 million. Sanders, of course, only has 2.11 million. Which is not due to negative attacks from Trump who has this to say on his Twitter:

May 4:

"What a great evening we had. So interesting that Sanders beat Crooked Hillary. The dysfunctional system is totally rigged against him!"

"I would rather run against Crooked Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders and that will happen because the books are cooked against Bernie!"


"Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats—both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, & run as an Independent."

Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton crooked is like Boss Tweed calling Ulysses S. Grant crooked. Whatever special interests might be influencing Clinton, Donald Trump is who I imagine pictured in the encyclopaedia for the entry on corrupt special interests. A selfish, tacky, racist, misogynist, dim witted bully who buys his way into everything and acts like he earned it? That's Donald Trump. While Hillary Clinton was putting her career on the line in the 90s for universal healthcare, Trump was building a living parody of American capitalism.

Anyway, if Hillary is so crooked, Donald, why'd you invite her to your wedding? Why did you donate money to her foundation?


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