I’m no establishment fan, but this Bush/Romney campaign operative has a serious point.
Stuart Stevens, who worked on the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, makes an excellent point: The only metric on which Clinton and Trump are tied is on how much time each has until polls close. Trump’s comment means that he’s spent another 24 hours of fewer than 90 days until the election litigating a point that doesn’t seem like it will do much to close the gap between him and his Democratic opponent.
I’ve been saying for a long time now that as a candidate with an immensely weak opposing Democrat, Trump should be mopping her up, but he’s not, he’s barely holding on to purple states and is losing in evey state that usually leans Democrat. He’s going to get clobbered, and his surrogates are feeling it too, hence all the vitriol blaming those of us who are not full throated supporters of Trump, for his upcoming loss (if he fails to start acting loke a real candidate), when the full blame is properly his own.
NOTE: It’s my opinion that the vacuum Obama created by pulling out of Iraq the way he did, led to the rise of Al-Qaida/Islamic State, that’s what he should be saying, and not passing off as “sarcasim” the moment the media gives him a hard time. Pathetic.
Donald Trump has an airtight, sensible excuse for why he said President Obama ‘founded ISIS’
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Miami on July 27. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
There is a genre of website that is predicated on fooling the visitor. You’ve probably been fooled by it: You see a headline on Facebook or Twitter that seems impossibly funny, a combination of provocative elements that seems almost to have been custom-tailored to your political or social leanings. You click it; it looks like a local news website; you share it. Then people start replying: “FAKE,” “not real,” etc. The story is trash; the website, at the very bottom, notes that it’s “satire.”
It’s not satire in any meaningful eighth-grade-English sense of the word, of course. That’s just the term that these hucksters have seized upon as a blanket of protection, in the way that people who upload clips from TV shows to YouTube use the descriptor “fair use.” Their goal isn’t to make an ironic point or to raise awareness on a subject — it’s to get traffic. It’s to get attention so they can sell ads.
On an unrelated note, something happened in politics this week.
At a rally in Florida on Wednesday night, Donald Trump offered a weird accusation: President Obama had founded the Islamic State (ISIS, in his phrasing). He’d said similar things in the past about how Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton had helped create the terror group, but the fervor with which he made the stronger claim stuck out.
Over and over, to increasing applause, the Republican presidential nominee repeated the claim: “He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS, okay? He’s the founder. He founded ISIS. And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.” Cheers. Applause.