Hillary Clinton launched a strident attack on Donald Trump's patriotism, the other day, claiming that Trump’s praise of Vladimir Putin was “unpatriotic” and “scary” and implying that his attitude towards Putin could present a threat to our national security. Here is a flavor of Trump's praise for Vladimir Putin:
"I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country."
It's not surprising that Trump would get hammered over his comment. The press has been suffering through a drought in Trump disciplinary lapses, so even those in media who are not in the tank for Hillary are inclined to make a big deal out of this because controversy is their bread and butter. So Trump gets hammered, even though he followed up by saying that Putin would not be pushing him around once he's elected.
"And that's going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president.”
I took Trump's comment to be not so much praise for Putin and as much as disgust that Obama and Clinton have been so pathetic by comparison. I took it to mean that Trump recognizes Putin as a formidable adversary and one that he won't underestimate — even while he hopes to be able to work with him. In other words, he's not about to bring him a silly reset button, mistakenly labeled "Overcharge", and expect it to pave the way to world peace.
I suppose I ought to be careful in what I say here lest somebody call me racist. Or sexist. Or maybe unpatriotic. It's what you get for preferring Trump to Clinton.
Yes. I side with the deplorables, and Hillary's later statement of regret over her insult to Trump supporters only hardens my opposition and dislike of her. She said she was wrong to say that half of Trump supporters were her "basket of deplorables," though I'm not sure if she meant that half was too few or too many. In either case, it was not an apology to millions of voters she doesn't know, and has no interest in knowing.
For decades the race card has been the go-to strategy of Democrats, but somehow the tried and true hasn't worked this time. Baffling. Railing against Trump as a racist, sexist, bigot comes up empty. So Clinton and the political geniuses in her campaign have broadened their target to include anybody who supports Trump as well as Trump himself. Presumably she'll shame people away from supporting Trump. We'll soon find out how well that's going to work, but let me predict that it will be even less effective than calling only Trump the racist.
Hillary is lives in a different world from the rest of us and it seems a disadvantage to her. Hers is a world of elites. Listen to the clip and you can hear them chuckling and applauding Hillary's clever insult. She's one of them, and they're with her, separate from the rest.
Neither she nor they can imagine that outside of the room, people didn't think Hillary was very funny, since they had just been slapped hard across the face with an insult. Inside of the room Hillary was too busy parading her virtues to notice. Inside her world she was basking in the applause.
It was only later, probably after somebody told her, that she realized her swipe might have hit somebody who didn't deserve to be hit. No matter. Those others, they're never going to be on the inside. So Hillary went on to repeat her insult in a clumsy explanation that was intended to refocus it on a smaller target. It was as if she said, "No no, not you. You," pointing at some other supposed bigot.
"I won't stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign," Clinton said.
She also noted her comments about empathizing with other Trump supporters.
"As I said, many of Trump's supporters are hard-working Americans who just don't feel like the economy or our political system are working for them," Clinton said. "I'm determined to bring our country together and make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Because we really are 'stronger together.'"
Clinton. Contempt, condescension, and delusions of competence.