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    Desperation drives campaign strategy of demonizing Trump supporters

    September 10, 2016
    By Thomas Lifson

    This week could be the point of no return for the faltering Clinton campaign. The elitism that is a defining characteristic of the contemporary political establishment has lured the campaign into a strategic blunder. They are in a panic with Trump closing the polling gap in battleground states.

    So as panicked people sometimes do, the Brooklyn Brain Trust made a decision from the gut. They are scared of the Trump supporters, and they presume that their voters are, too. So scared that it makes sense to them for Bill and Hillary Clinton to publicly disparage a substantial fraction of the American public.

    How else to explain Bill Clinton disparaging “coal people”?

    “We all know how [Hillary’s] opponent has done well down in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky,” the former president told the crowd at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum. “The coal people don’t like any of us [Democrats] anymore.”

    But last night’s “basket of deplorables” speech by Hillary Clinton to a wealthy gay and lesbian group should become a catastrophe.

    It is really stupid to use such a colorful and original expression when insulting voters. “Basket of deplorables” fits on a bumper sticker. And the root word “deplore” projects the speaker’s superior status. Elites “deplore” so many aspects of the common folk in America. And the common folk know it. That is why resentment of the elites is such a powerful driver of politics this cycle.

    This gaffe, if properly exploited by the Trump campaign, will drive turnout. Frank Luntz is ecstatic on Twitter, calling it Hillary’s 47% moment.

    Frank Luntz ✔ @FrankLuntz
    Hillary Clinton just insulted millions of hard-working Americans simply because they don't want to vote for her.
    Frank Luntz ✔ @FrankLuntz
    Tonight, Hillary Clinton just had her "47 percent" moment.

    Expect poll numbers to get even tighter after this one. #Deplorables
    8:09 PM - 9 Sep 2016

    Ann Althouse makes an excellent point:

    "Panic. What to do?"

    "One new goal for Clinton now, aides said, is to spend more time trying to connect directly with voters by sharing a more personal side of herself...."

    "That's a "new goal"? That's exactly what she purported to be doing when she announced her candidacy in spring 2015. I don't think there is a more personal side."

    So they let Hillary be Hillary and spend more time in the public eye. Of course, history shows that Hillary’s popularity goes down in proportion to her visibility. The more she is in the face of voters, the less popular she becomes. The apotheosis of her popularity in the polls was when she was flying around the world as secretary of state and constantly lauded in the media as “effective.”

    Panic drives a lot of mistakes, as we have just seen with the Clinton camp. They are prisoners of their own self-image.
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    Yes, when they are afraid of losing again, it's affecting their psyche. When Trump says Hillary is unstable, he's absolutely right. She has no core or character and that means she has no personal foundation. She a Living House of Cards.
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    Still on the news cycle. What surrogates need to do is fight back on what is and is not racism or xenophobia, or misogyny, etc.

    When you're in a debate or a fight with "little piggy" is not misogyny, in Donald Trump's case it was a response to an attack that was part of publicity stunt by Rosie O'Donnell to increase her ratings on The View which went up 30% when she started the back and forth between herself and Trump.

    When you're in a battle with Megyn Kelly about how she handled her role as a debate moderator, talking about her head exploding with anger and blood coming out of her eyes or whatever, is not misogyny, it was a response to a question about Megyn and how she felt when his response to her debate questions received huge applause and cheers that was so loud and long she couldn't move on to ask her next question, which when it finally came wasn't a question at all, but a negative unsubstantiated statement by her about Trump. She was furious with the audience response and that's what Trump was talking about.

    Donald Trump has never disparaged any black American because of their color. Ever. The Democrats refer some ad he ran about the light sentence given to 5 blacks who confessed and were convicted of a rape and attempted murder of a female jogger in Central Park. The sentences were 5 to 15 years. They appealed and 4 cases were overturned years later i 1996. She was injured so badly she was in a coma for 12 days.

    Years later, 12 years after their convictions, 6 years after their appeals and cases being overturned, a convicted serial rapist and murderer confessed to the crime from prison and DNA confirmed he was the actual rapist.

    But when Trump ran his ad he was challenging the light sentencing for such an evil brutal crime, it had nothing to do with their color and wasn't racist at all. 5 to 15 year sentences for rape, sodomy, sexual assault, gang rape, and attempted murder is ridiculous in a system where you can can life for getting caught smoking pot 3 times.

    Trump's action was not racism, it was a call for justice for the victim based on convictions. The fact that some of the convictions were later overturned has nothing to do with his position that 5 to 15 years is not an adequate sentence for these awful crimes.

    We have a lot of racism in the United States and it all started with the Democratic Party, was sustained by the Democratic Party and still exists today because of the Democratic Party. There is plenty of real racism out there to go after, but Donald J Trump isn't part of it and has never been a part of it. Donald Trump has been part of the solution and when he's President, he will end it.
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