James Fallows of The Atlantic Magazine asked former Maryland Governor and one-time Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley how he would prepare to debate Donald Trump had he won the Democratic nomination for president this year.
“I’d start by thinking of him as a monkey with a machine gun.” O’Malley told Fallows, Jimmy Carter’s speech writer. Fallows interpreted O’Malley’s advice to mean an adversary like Donald Trump is “all the more dangerous because you can’t predict which direction he’ll be facing when he pulls the trigger.”
In Sunday’s second presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, O’Malley’s advice, offered in Fallows’ long read of “When Donald Meets Hillary” published in the magazines October edition, was played out in real time, giving America and the world a clear-eyed view of just how dangerous the sleazy New York real estate man would be if foolish American voters actually elect the overweight primate to the nation’s highest public office.
Watchful waiting by scores of millions of viewers who tuned in to see the two presidential antagonists go at each other again was full of watching a truly sick man show how sick he is, which in today’s upside down world was music to the ears of his rabid base of low-information, low-civic-minded dunce voters.
The Big Orange Monkey that was Donald Trump tonight shot himself full of holes with each question from the audience or the debate moderators that he fabulously fumbled by offering no answers other than the same alt-right gobbledygook that passes as his version of public policy.
His opponent, Hillary Clinton, performed well as she fielded each questions with thoughtful responses that were based in reality compared to the fantasy of alt-right rhetoric that has been good enough to win the nomination for Trump at the expense of a bus full of establishment Republicans who couldn’t overcome the hateful spite that Trump spewed for a year and a half, that mass media elites treated as equal to what Democrats Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and O’Malley proposed during the primary process.
The good news is that early voting has started in many states, and Hillary Clinton is doing well based on reports from her campaign manager, Robby Mook, who told reporters last week that early voters breaking for Mrs. Clinton could put key states like Florida and Pennsylvania, among others, out of reach for Trump to claim. In fact, 410,703 early ballots have already been cast, according to the United States Elections Project.
But Donald Trump’s fate was likely sealed this past weekend, if not before, when he was recorded confessing to serial sexual crimes a dozen years ago. Republicans are now disembarking from the Trump train in the wake of Trump’s hot-mic comments in greater numbers than before. As of Sunday evening, 18 percent percent of elected GOP governors and members of Congress are not supporting Trump. The Washington Post reports that the majority of them withdrew their support over the weekend, following the publication of a video of Trump where he was caught making lewd comments about women and apparently condoning sexual assault.
Over the course of the debate, the York Time Times fact-checked Trump and found 20 items he lied about, from birtherism about President Obama to trade to the economy to health care and more. Times Op-Ed columnist David Leonhardt summed up the 90 debate like this: “The country has never had a presidential candidate who lies the way that he does – relentlessly. Yes, virtually every politician, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and George W. Bush, strays from the truth at times. To be fair, virtually every human being does. But Trump is fundamentally different.”
Meanwhile, weasel words from Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio that he will vote for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence—as if that is possible—should cause voters who watched Trump’s performance tonight to ditch Portman for treating voters like first graders who don’t understand what he said is both preposterous and deplorable.
On Monday, Columbus Day, Hillary Clinton will be in Ohio again, this time in Columbus on the campus of The Ohio State University. New polling bodes well for her as she’s now again in the lead over Trump, who can’t lose the state and still win the White House. But even if he were to win Ohio, by losing all the other battleground states he must win, he would become the next Richard Nixon, who in 1960 won Ohio but lost the presidency to John F. Kennedy.
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