Donald Trump: Flooded Debasement

Donald Trump: Flooded Debasement October 10, 2016
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Think Sunday’s debate was tawdry? Trump originally planned to seat the four Clinton accusers in the family box…and to have them confront Bill Clinton in front of the television audience.

I’ll pause for a moment to allow you to pick up your jaw from the floor. Perhaps one of the women could’ve taken a page from Trump’s WWF days by throwing her chair for good measure.

Be thankful the the Commission for Presidential debates prevented the debate from degenerating into a full-on Jerry Springer mud wallow by threatening to have the women removed from the auditorium if he attempted the stunt.

Before I move on, I want to address one particularly galling lie Trump promulgated among his tabloid smears. Perhaps mindful that the sexual complaints against her husband wouldn’t directly taint Hillary–after all, she was the wronged wife–he felt he needed to find something he could directly pin on Mrs. Clinton.

He dug up a case from 1975, when as a young lawyer Hillary was the court-appointed lawyer for an accused rapist. Trump accused her of laughing at the 12-year-old victim.

She did nothing of the kind.

Actually, the laughs came as she recounted inappropriate prosecutorial and judicial maneuvers during the case in an interview years later.

I suppose the reason I found this lie more galling than the copious others is that I myself was a victim of child molestation when I was 13. The defense lawyer was actually pretty gentle with the terrified adolescent me on the stand.

Perhaps we’re beginning to suffering from outrage fatigue, but Trump’s exploitation of of a childhood sexual abuse survivor–based on an outright lie–fills this particular child molestation victim with revulsion.

At any rate, it’s important to keep in mind that Hillary was obliged, as the accused rapist’s court-appointed lawyer, to defend him to the best of her ability. That’s the way our justice system works.

Donald Trump has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t respect or even understand our system of government on any level. And that became all the more obvious during the debate.

The most glaring example was his vow to abuse the power of the presidency to prosecute his election rival. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live in a third-world dictatorship, here’s your chance.

I’m sure that slab of red meat energized the ravenous beasts among his base, even as it horrified everyone with a modicum of respect for the rule of law.

Trump also repeatedly defended his own abuses by demanding to know why Hillary hadn’t abolished them when she was one of a hundred senators under a Republican president.

Though, as the polls show, Hillary won the debate, it wasn’t quite the thorough drubbing as the first one was. She played it too safe and didn’t really attempt to chum the waters.

But I think that was part of her strategy. When the other party is exploding, the best policy is to get out of the way. The decimation of the GOP edifice is already underway, destroyed by a builder named Trump.

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