They say in sporting circles that attack is the best form of defence. In politics, more often than not from the “right”, they tend to take it one step further…not only should you defend yourself by going on the attack, you should also do so by accusing your opponent of doing exactly what it is that you are known to do. Donald Trump has been a master of this in his presidential campaign.
He attacks Hillary on her health…not only in recent days when she actually had some issues in that area, but also well before she was confirmed as the Democratic nominee, giving out about her arriving late on stage when debating Bernie Sanders. Since then there have been a string of ridiculous conspiracy theories from the extreme right suggesting everything from using body doubles to actually having mental problems.
And all of this when Trump himself has only produced a medical report from a quack who offered this ridiculous claim:
If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency
Next up we have his childish name-calling…a supposedly serious candidate for President resorting to calling his opponent “Crooked Hillary” or “Hillary Rotten Clinton” in numerous speeches.
Well if she’s crooked, Donald, why don’t you show us your tax returns so we can be sure that you aren’t?
My personal favourite has been his attacks on the Clinton Foundation. It ties in to the the “crooked” theme I know, but the persistent questions raised by Trump and his campaign which centred on the charitable organisation so much that you could only assume that the entity known as The Trump Foundation HAD to be beyond reproach. Not the case at all. In fact, if anything, the allegations on his side of the fence are far worse.
And they keep on coming. The Clinton Foundation was accused of accepting charitable donations in return for access to Hillary as Secretary of State. In Trump’s case, at first he was apparently using funds to help Republican politicians’ campaign in order to keep them sweet.
Now, Washington DC political blog the Hill suggests he was also using the charity money AGAINST people…