Thursday, October 13, 2016

Donald Trump's Closing Argument

Faced with criticism about his sexual behaviors, Trump is defending himself by saying that Bill Clinton's behaviors were worse. I'm not sure what the point of this is, but maybe Trump's argument is that the case of Bill Clinton shows that we Americans have decided that a certain amount of sexual aggression and even the odd sex crime aren't disqualifying for a President—hence, these things shouldn't disqualify Trump either. However, even if that were true as of 20 years ago, I don't think it's true anymore.

Even if it were true today, it's hardly a reason to vote for Trump. After all, nobody liked Bill Clinton's sexual behavior. People voted for Clinton because he wasn't only a womanizer: he was also a talented politician and a successful president. Trump offers none of that upside. He wants us to buy only the shitty part of Bill Clinton. 'Bill Clinton did worse, John McCain is a potty mouth, the Republicans denouncing me are hypocrites, lotsa guys talk like that,' says Trump. In other words, he's the worst part of a lot of people, rolled into one loathsome person.

(Illustration from the wonderful children's book That Terrible Halloween Night, by James Stevenson. Buy it on Amazon.)

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