Three nights ago, Hillary Clinton appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and spoke about her health, the email scandal and talked about preparing for the upcoming debates with Donald Trump. She said that in preparation, she was falling back on her elementary school experience. It got a laugh and I am sure the line was pre-planned for laughs. However, there may be a grain of truth to that statement. Here lately, Donald Trump and his campaign is sounding more and more like an elementary school bully
Hillary Clinton and her campaign has been somewhat careful to only respond to direct attacks from Trump and his surrogates. Rarely has she come right out and attacked Donald Trump when unprovoked. Much of the criticism of Trump has been through the main stream media. Donald Trump’s ego is such that every time the scrutiny gets too great, he turns it right around on his opponent and accuses her of exactly what he is being questioned about. Case in point: a few weeks ago, the din was increasing about Trump’s failure to release his tax returns and he then came out and called for a special prosecutor to investigate her financial dealings connected with The Clinton Foundation even though there has not been any evidence of impropriety. Then, when the press focused on Trump’s mental stability and fitness, he and his surrogates began attacking Hillary on her health, saying she does not have the mental or physical stamina to do the job as President. Then, after Paul Manafort left the campaign and Steve Bannon, the editor in chief of Breitbart news came on board, Trump was rightly tagged with association with the alt-right movement, a quasi right wing hate group believing in white supremacy, intolerance and extreme right wing populism. By the way, Breitbart news has stated publicly that they want to be the platform for the alt-right movement. Then last night, in a speech in Jackson Mississippi, in the prepared text, Trump comes right out and calls Hillary Clinton a bigot. Hillary Clinton may be a lot of things but bigotry has never been a charge leveled against her.
Trump has devolved into the grade school adage of “I am rubber, you are glue; whatever bounces off of me will stick to you”. It is time for Mr. Trump to get out of the sandbox and join the big boy world of national politics.