Presidential politics have deteriorated into a low-blow, stunningly callous series of attacks on the other opponent, more than many people have heard in their lifetime, or even ever dreamed of. There’s a lot of adjectives that many presidential hopefuls may use to define themselves: ambitious, confident, sincere, strong, ethical, compassionate, intelligent, but…nasty?
That’s exactly what Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton, which isn’t surprising given their heated exchanges, but he went one step further when he said he could be nastier than she ever could be. Most people wouldn’t consider that a reputable attribute of the president, yet Trump somehow believes that it is a quality that is laudable.
The statement took place during an interview with Patrick Healy of the New York Times, according to Raw Story. He said he’s held back from attacking the Clintons’ at-times tumultuous marriage when then-president Bill Clinton engaged in sexual activity with a young White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, and then lied under oath that he didn’t have sexual relations with her. Lewinsky had a dress with semen stains on it that she said was a result of her encounters with Bill Clinton. The reason Donald Trump hasn’t brought it up, he said, was because he didn’t want to hurt Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton. But he’s re-visited that topic in his head and has reconsidered, he says. Chelsea is 36 years old and she can read Twitter, he reasoned.
Trump believes that most American women will be repulsed by Bill Clinton’s infidelity and Hillary Clinton’s decision to stay with a man who had embarrassed her in front of the world, according to Donald Trump.
“Hillary Clinton was married to the single greatest abuser of women in the history of politics. Hillary was an enabler, and she attacked the women who Bill Clinton mistreated afterward. I think it’s a serious problem for them, and it’s something that I’m considering talking about more in the near future.”
Although Trump has been married three times, and one of those was said to end when he began dating the next wife, he says infidelity has “never been an issue” in any of his marriages and he believes it’s time for the United States to remember the debauchery and lies of Clinton in the 1990s.
“Hillary is nasty, but I can be nastier than she’ll ever be. I have the issues on my side.”
Nobody is likely deeply defending that Hillary Clinton is a warm and grandmotherly type. Her icy stares and frequent sarcasm keep that from happening. But if Trump does decide to bring low-blow personal issues into the arena, will he continue to have a thriving following? Does the United States want a president who brags about how nasty he can be?
Trump will have an opportunity to make good on his promise at the next presidential debate scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at Washington University in St. Louis, according to USA Today.
While it is true that Bill Clinton had a long-term affair with Gennifer Flowers, which he admitted during his 1998 deposition, Hillary seemed to think that Flowers was to blame for it. At the time, she was candid about her dislike of Flowers, but never put her husband on blast for his consensual role in the affair. In 1992, before Bill admitted his affair with Flowers to the country, Hillary publicly trounced Flowers.
“She’s some failed cabaret singer who doesn’t even have much of a resume to fall back on…”
It can probably be argued that Hillary Clinton indeed has a sharp tongue and can be nasty, but why would Trump want to be thought of as nastier? Has the United States truly become a place where the meanest person is the most respected?
Semen stains on dresses, hidden emails, reality TV shows, disparaging comments about menstruation…here we are, America. Is it where you want to be? Share your opinions in the comments section below.
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