Donald Trump no doubt thinks we will be surprised to learn he can be nastier than Hillary Clinton. He has already been nastier than just about anybody we can remember. He has been downright vile since he entered the presidential race, and his vulgar rhetoric has shown no signs of moderating.
So when he told The New York Times that Hillary Clinton is “nasty,” but that “I can be nastier than she ever can be,” he would likely be surprised to find out none of us are surprised.
The extent of his delusion is revealed by the fact he, an adulterer (Marla Maples, anyone?) who has been married three times, thinks he can discredit a woman who has had just one husband, and who has been faithful to him. No hint of impropriety attaches itself to Hillary Clinton’s name. Or that that husband’s act of infidelity while president discredits in any way the innocent wife.
Trump insists Bill Clinton is a problem for Hillary Clinton, even though it’s not Bill who is running for president. He warns “it’s something that I’m considering talking about more in the near future.”
Not that he will talk about his own infidelity. Just ask him: “No — I never discuss it. I never discuss it. It was never a problem.”
Yet somehow, Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky is, even though Clinton is neither president now, nor running for president:
“I don’t talk about it. I wasn’t president of the United States. I don’t talk about it. When you think of the fact that he was impeached, the country was in turmoil, turmoil, absolute turmoil. He lied with Monica Lewinsky and paid a massive penalty.”
There is no logic to this mean-mindedness. He just wants to lash out and hurt everyone who fails to bow to his greatness, and he does.
As for Bill Clinton, he can talk about it all he wants. The Times called it “a new line of attack” but it’s not. It isn’t like he isn’t already talking about them, after all.
Even by saying he “might” talk about it, he’s talking about it. He can get up at 3 am and tweet his thoughts away. It won’t make a bit of difference, because it doesn’t matter.
And not one word of it will prove to the world, or to American voters, that Donald Trump is qualified to be President of the United States. It won’t expand on his shallow and ill-thought out policy positions; it won’t reveal his tax returns; or his health records; or reveal his “secret” plan to defeat ISIS, which sounds more and more it is stealing oil that doesn’t belong to him in violation of international law.
Donald Trump has revealed he does not know what this election is about. It is not about nastiness. It is a test of character, and he has shown he has none.
He has run it so far as some sort narcissistic need to talk himself up and everybody else down, which is not the president’s role. This most recent distraction of Alicia Machato is only one example out of many. Even his own party doesn’t believe he can win.
Donald Trump is nasty. We have the tape, however much he wants to deny what he just said an hour later. There is probably nothing Donald Trump can say at this point that could possibly reveal him to be any nastier than he is.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.