Asking voters to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in November is like asking a man sentenced to death how he would like to die: by drowning or hanging? Between the two of them, they are both nightmarish in their ideologies and methods, and neither would be good for the country.
In June, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein told Democracy Now that while Donald Trump says scary things, Hillary Clinton has already done them. More recently, Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz expressed deep regret at having written The Art of the Deal, because it helped launch the Republican nominee into the national spotlight like never before. In political circles, a raging debate continues about which candidate is better or worse for the country: Trump or Clinton? Whose policies will save or destroy America?
Contrary to Robert Reich's blog in which he declares Trump much worse than Clinton, both are dangerous, with Clinton edging out Trump because, as Stein said, she has actually committed some of the atrocities he's advocated.
Trump supporters believe he's just the tough guy the United States needs to get immigration and the economy under control. His unapologetic rhetoric against Muslims, immigrants, and women makes him unpalatable among traditional Republicans and progressives alike. He's a blowhard who loves attention, any kind of attention. But what really makes him tick?
An interview with The New Yorker reveals just how much a Trump presidency terrifies Schwartz.
"I put lipstick on a pig. I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization."
In describing Trump's short attention span, Schwartz told the magazine, "I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life."
A master manipulator, a hot-headed bully, a showy narcissist; Schwartz ultimately came to the conclusion that with Trump, what you see is what you get.
"There is no private Trump."
Schwartz's interview with The New Yorker is perhaps more revealing than most other stories on Trump out there, because the former ghostwriter observed him as an outsider for a year and a half. He was the fly on the wall, the shadow who could see and hear all. He saw the man when no one else was looking or watching. And he found very little depth and a willingness to spin a kernel of truth into an epic fiction about his greatness, his habit of steamrolling anyone who stands in his way.