With just three months until the presidential election, we know that Donald Trump will face off against Hillary Clinton. When election day arrives, many Americans will go to the polls feeling that they are offered a choice between Satan and Beelzebub. As the world looks on, this election looks increasingly like the most controversial race for the White House in U.S. history. Scandal has surrounded both Clinton and Trump throughout the campaign, and the Clinton email scandal is the gift that keeps on giving to the Trump camp.
Clinton has had numerous opportunities to come clean about the matter, but many voters feel she has been less than candid. Trump has used Clinton’s evasion tactics as a blunt weapon in his attacks on Clinton. Earlier this week, Trump attacked Clinton once again during a rally in New Hampshire. According to Red State, on this occasion, Trump described Clinton as an “incompetent liar who is mentally unstable.” The uncharitable might ask whether Trump has greater respect for competent liars.
Of course, there have been many questions raised about Trump’s sanity. Just last month, the Guardian called Trump “a madman in his castle” and claimed that Trump had mainstreamed the politics of the far right.
“[Trump] was embraced early by neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and the like, and he embraced them back in the form of Mussolini quotes, retweets of white supremacists, and foot-dragging, nod-and-a-wink disavowals of support from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.”
According to Slate, Trump has even won the support of the chairman of the American Nazi Party, Rocky Suhayda, who has said, “Donald Trump could do wonders for the white nationalist cause.” According to Suhayda, “Donald Trump’s campaign statements, shown that ‘our views’ are not so ‘unpopular’ as the Political Correctness crowd have told everyone they are!”
There can be no doubt that Trump’s campaign to win the GOP nomination has been controversial from the outset. Trump’s comments about Muslims, women, and Mexicans have outraged many, but the Trump bandwagon rolls on. Of course, many Americans abhor the inflammatory language that Trump has used during his campaign, and the “Never Trump” movement within the GOP is far from silent.
As reported in the Washington Post, just yesterday, over 50 high ranking Republicans slammed Trump by saying he would be “the most reckless President in American history,” and he would put “our country’s national security and well-being” at risk.” Those officials even went so far as to say they would not vote for Trump. Some have decided to vote for Hillary Clinton, while others intend to sit out the election or write another name on the ballot.
Trump responded to the group of 50 former national security officials, all of whom served Republican Presidents, in typically bombastic fashion. According to Associated Press, Trump made a statement at a rally in North Carolina in which he claims those same national security officials are to blame for making the world “a mess” and fueling the Islamic State group’s formation.
“We thank them for coming forward so everyone in the country knows who deserves the blame for making the world such a dangerous place.”
The attack by Republican Party officials is not the only internal threat that Trump has faced this week. The Herald reports that Republican official and former CIA officer, Evan McMullin, has announced that he will run for president as an independent. It is thought that McMullin, who launched his campaign with the slogan “it’s never too late to do the right thing,” could take votes away from Trump in key battleground states.
McMullin condemned Trump for his authoritarianism and anti-Muslim rhetoric, which he said would make the US “weaker.” Many will agree with McMullin’s view that “America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.”
With three months of the presidential campaign still to run, it is unlikely that we have seen the last GOP rebellion against Trump. As the face-off between Trump and Clinton draws nearer, it is almost guaranteed that the most controversial election in U.S. history has many bizarre twists and turns yet to come. You can be sure that the Trump and Clinton camps will be searching high and low for the one hidden piece of information that will destroy their rival’s chances for good.
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