Clin­ton’s tired cam­paign

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Jon McGill, Bal­ti­more

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s re­mark call­ing Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers a “bas­ket of de­plorables” was clearly a mis­take — even though it is equally clear that Mr. Trump re­lies on a voter base that in­cludes white su­prem­a­cists, big­ots and xeno­phobes (“Trump, in Bal­ti­more, calls Clin­ton’s ’de­plorable’ re­mark dis­qual­i­fy­ing,” Sept. 12).

The for­mer sec­re­tary of state and her ad­vis­ers seem in­tent on mak­ing the cam­paign into a ref­er­en­dum on Mr. Trump, but that’s a mis­take.

A bet­ter cam­paign would pro­mote themes and poli­cies that ac­tu­ally ad­dress the is­sues we face: Give us gen­uine strate­gies that ad­dress our stum­bling econ­omy, our aban­doned cities, our class-based (pun in­tended) ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and our na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues.

Tell us where, when and how we will in­vest in the fu­ture; if you wish to fight the neg­a­tivism and nar­row-mind­ed­ness of Mr. Trump, give us vi­sion­ary per­spec­tives, not plat­i­tudes. Let Mr. Trump and his sup­port­ers race down their blind al­leys while your cam­paign makes ex­plicit to young vot­ers that their fu­ture is likely more se­cure if we em­brace the best Amer­i­can val­ues and virtues.

Many Trump sup­port­ers are in his camp be­cause decades of Demo­cratic pol­icy medi­ocrity seem to of­fer them lit­tle or noth­ing.

What is re­ally de­plorable is that we might al­low a Trump vic­tory be­cause the al­ter­na­tives seem so tired, vague and un­ad­ven­tur­ous. The elec­torate de­serves bet­ter.

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