It seems to me….
“The point is that you can’t be too greedy.” ~ Donald Trump.
Very few people consider Donald Trump to be a paragon of honesty. He, and his supporters, frequently complain of media bias and he apparently has intimidated the media to such an extent that he consistently receives preferential treatment. When he reads from a Teleprompter without going off script, the media states he appears presidential. If he suggests he might not immediately round up all 11 million undocumented immigrants, he’s moving into the mainstream. His constant scandals, like payoffs to state attorneys general to back off investigating Trump University, are totally ignored.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, given the increasingly bizarre coverage of the Clinton Foundation, is presumed to be corrupt. There have been multiple Congressional hearings on Bengasi, each declaring her innocence. The media, at Congress’s insistence, refuse to accept she did not intentionally misuse her e-mail. How can anyone consider media coverage to be fair?
In a manner more characteristic of banana republic politics than is typically endured here in the U.S., Donald Trump, has repeatedly insisted that Hillary Clinton deserves to be in jail even promising that if elected, his attorney general would reopen the books and “take a very good look” at possibly indicting her (having himself concluded her to be “guilty as hell”).
Donald Trump’s business career is a long list of bankruptcies, defaults, deceptions, and indifference to investors, according to regulatory, corporate, and court records as well as sworn testimony and government investigative reports.
His disdain for scientific facts is politically motivated and contrary to scientific evidence. He has displayed an authoritarian derision and apparent contempt for scientific facts tending to base policy on questionable assertions of facts and personality cult. Trump treats scientific facts the way he treats other actualities – he ignores or distorts them whenever it’s convenient.
At a time when we face global challenges, such as climate change, which are considerably more urgent than any other challenge our planet has confronted since the beginning of civilization, he has denied that climate change is real calling it pseudoscience and advancing a conspiracy theory that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive”. When speaking to an audience of West Virginia coal miners in May, Trump complained that regulations designed to protect the ozone layer had compromised the quality of his hair spray. Those regulations, he continued, were misguided, because hair spray is used mainly indoors and so can have no effect on the atmosphere outside. When science is distorted on the campaign trail, those distortions lead to bad public policy and the quality of people’s lives will suffer.
Trump was persistent in his “birther” claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S. even long after evidence convincingly showed that to be incorrect and only recently (unwillingly) admitting the truth at the insistence of his political handlers.
He continues to propagate the notion that vaccines cause autism in spite of convincing and widely cited evidence to the contrary.
Trump has stated the Department of Education should be downsized and that the U.S. invests too much money in K-12 schooling. He has suggested that he might appoint Ben Carson, a young-Earth anti-evolution creationist, to advise him on educational reform.
He has called the National Institutes of Health “terrible” and has said that he would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.).
Donald Trump’s history of misogyny and hatred of women goes back decades, long before any of the most recent media releases, seemingly believing in the ideology that rape culture is characteristic of women “asking for it” merely by being present in a space where males are as well. He was quoted in a 1991 interview with Esquire magazine about women that “You know, it doesn’t really matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”. In 1997 Trump stated all women are gold-diggers, “The calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp”. His disdain for women goes so far that he doesn’t even believe they have a right to use their bodies as they wish calling for females to be “punished” if they have abortions.
Donald Trump thinks Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader than Barack Obama. For Trump, “strong leadership” means authoritarian control. Trump has hailed Putin’s tight control over Russian society stating admiringly that Putin has “great control over his country”.
He obviously would want the same control over American society as Putin has over Russia. That’s why he says he’ll expand libel laws so he can control the press. It’s why he says presidents aren’t bound to decisions of the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, so he can disregard the courts. It’s why he wants to vastly expand the military. It’s why he said in his nomination acceptance speech “I am your voice”.
If Trump is elected, it would not be surprising if the House impeached him within his first term and the Senate confirmed the impeachment. It also would not be surprising if he refused to leave office and threatened an armed insurrection. Then he could assume dictatorial control and become his own Vladimir Putin.
Usually the best ways to judge a candidate’s character is to consider past conduct or look at what policies he or she is proposing. Mr. Trump’s record of bilking students, stiffing contractors, and more is a good indicator of how he’d act as president; Mrs. Clinton’s speaking style and body language aren’t. George W. Bush’s policy lies provided a much better handle on who he was than all the personal reporting of 2000. The contrast between Mr. Trump’s policy incoherence and Mrs. Clinton’s carefulness illustrates volumes today.
Yes, Hillary Clinton is admittedly a flawed candidate but Donald Trump is an absolute psychopath.
The national political media and cable networks are attempting to appear to not take sides in their reporting but the result has been an avoidance of actually reporting facts. It is the media organizations who we rely upon to inform us but they have ignored the real scandal that goes at not just who Donald Trump is but how massively corrupted our pay-for-play political system is. They instead are focused on chasing down literally anything that has the appearance of malfeasance in Hillary Clinton’s life however thin it may be.
Journalists need to consider whether they are reporting facts or simply engaging in innuendo. If reports about a candidate’s talk about how something “raises questions”, creates “shadows”, or anything similar, be aware that these are all too often fabrications intended to create the impression of wrongdoing when no transgression actually exists.
That’s what I think, what about you?
 Donald John Trump is an American businessman, television personality, author, politician, and the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
 Krugman, Paul. Hillary Clinton Gets Gored, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/opinion/hillary-clinton-gets-gored.html?ref=opinion&_r=0, 5 September 2016.
 Krauss Lawrence M. Trump’s Anti-Science Campaign, The New Yorker, http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trumps-anti-science-campaign, 21 August 2016.