Lies and Voter Rigging

by Walter Brasch Donald Trump, losing to Hillary Clinton in every major national poll, long ago brilliantly figured out how to continue to rally his base. Instead of dealing with issues, he attacks Clinton, the mass media, and calls the election rigged. The campaign rhetoric has been one not of issues but of personalities. Hillary Clinton calls Trump unfit to be president, so Trump retaliates by accusing her of being unfit. Most of their television ads are attack ads. In personal appearances, their speeches focus upon what’s wrong with the other candidate not what their own presidency will be about. The last time a presidential race was this vicious may have been in 1800 when Thomas Jefferson was challenging President … Continue reading

Race Issues Dominate White House Race

  by Walter Brasch (part 1 of 2)   Donald Trump, who is commanding all of 1 percent of Black voters, according to an impartial Quinnipiac poll, says he could get as much as 95 percent of the Black vote in a second term. In June 2011, he had said, “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.” It’s nothing less than political hyperbole in a campaign for a first term, and meant to get a few thousand more votes in key states. However, Trump’s past actions don’t mitigate whatever future plans he has. In 1973, the Department of Justice sued Trump Management for civil rights violations for refusing to rent apartments to Blacks and Latinos who wished to … Continue reading

Taking the Wind out of Trump’s Energy Policy

  by Walter Brasch   Black letters against a yellow background. Black letters against white. White letters against black. On yard signs. On T-shirts. On baseball caps. All with the same message: “Trump Digs Coal.” Donald Trump says there are “ridiculous regulations [on coal] that put you out of business and make it impossible to compete.” He says if he is president, he would reduce those regulations. Those regulations that Trump doesn’t like are enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect miners and the public. In speech after speech in the coal-producing states, he has said, “We’re going to get those miners back to work . . .  the miners of West Virginia and Pennsylvania . . .  [In] … Continue reading

Trump Campaign Struggles to Dial Back 2nd Amendment Reference to Hillary Today

Donald Trump really stepped in it at his campaign rally in North Carolina today when he suggested that 2nd Amendment supporters could “stop” Hillary Clinton. His campaign is desperately trying to quell the bleeding caused earlier today… Trump’s senior communications advisor Jason Miller said in a statement released to the media, “It’s called the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.” I’m not convinced. I watched the clip above and clearly he wasn’t implying “voting.” Senator Elizabeth Warren offered these words in response to … Continue reading

Trump Suggest 2nd Amendment Crowd Could Stop Hillary

We’ve come to expect Donald Trump inciting violence at his rallies, but this… This goes beyond the pale and seems to me that such a statement would be chargeable in a court of law… “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said to boos from the crowd. “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he then added. “Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” Clinton campaign manager said in a statement: “This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.” In a Facebook post sharing the Boston’s … Continue reading

The 24/7 Election and Media Carousel

by Walter Brasch   The national news media—and their sidekicks, the cackling pundits—had been asking the same questions the past six months. “Will he? Won’t he? Should he? Shouldn’t he? Can he? Can’t he?” The “he” is Joe Biden. The vice-president said numerous times he was still thinking about running for president, but hadn’t made up his mind. The Biden question kept the media busy speculating about an issue that even Mr. Biden couldn’t answer, nor should he have been forced to make a commitment in the media’s time frame. This past week, he decided not to run for the presidency. Although Biden explained his reasons, the media can now spend a few weeks asking the question, “But what if … Continue reading

Hillary Lays Out Vision for Economy

In her first major policy speech today since announcing her candidacy for president, Hillary Clinton put higher wages for low-income workers at the heart of her economic policy outline saying “I believe we have to build a growth-and-fairness economy.” Hillary also spoke out about the rise in corporate profits, taking a jab at big industry, as she said, “Corporate profits are at near-record highs and Americans are working as hard as ever but paychecks have barely budged in real terms.” Clinton also took on Wall Street today in her speech saying, “Too many of our major financial institutions are still too complex and too risky and the problems are not limited to the big banks that get all the headlines.” Clinton warned … Continue reading