The Clinton campaign’s biggest job as they face off with Donald Trump right now is restraint, letting the press do their job until the press stumbles or misses a major point. All they need to do is simply use Donald Trump’s own words against him.
And here you go. It’s a devastating new web ad called “Dictators”, during which they roll tape on Dangerous Don praising the leadership of Kim Jong Un, Muammar Gaddafi, Vladimir Putin, and Saddam Hussein.
The video asks what kind of president Trump would be, given his admiration for dictators.
Trump: “You gotta give him credit, he wiped out the uncle he wiped
out this one that one day this guy doesn’t play games.”
Trump: “We would be so much better off if Gaddafi were in charge right now.”
Trump: “Putin’s been a very strong leader for Russia.”
Clip from Morning Joe co-hosts:
“Putin also has a person who kills journalists political allies, political opponents and its countries and invades countries– obviously that would be a concern would it not?”
Trump: “He’s (Putin) running the country and at least he’s a leader you know unlike what we have in this country.”
Clip from Jake Tapper/CNN:
“You said when the students poured into Tiananmen Square the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with
strength. That shows you the power of strength.”
Trump: “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy right you know what he did well, he killed terrorists! He did that so good.”
This is the only way to fight a blustery mess like Donald Trump, who never sticks to a policy or admits that he said what he said, even when the tape is rolled so he can hear it.
To react as normal humans to Trump’s level of mendacity would send the Clinton people running in circles, and that’s part of Trump’s goal to create chaos and disrupt real dialogue about policies, like any dedicated political troll.
But the Clinton people aren’t falling for it. They know that staying above the Trump storm is the sweet spot. All they need to do is roll tape and ask one question.
Done and done.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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