Trump trumps Trump

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Michael Rea­gan is syn­di­cated by Ca­gle Car­toons. Michael Rea­gan Making Sense

Trump had his best de­bate in Ne­vada. In­stead of 90 min­utes of him deny­ing his al­leged mi­nor sex­ual ag­gres­sions, some ac­tual is­sues were dis­cussed — the Supreme Court, the econ­omy, trade, ter­ror­ism, im­mi­gra­tion, guns and abor­tion. And be­fore he jumped the tracks, Trump scored a few solid hits on the crooked­ness of the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion and Hil­lary’s se­rial lies to the FBI, Congress and the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

Not that any­one in the lib­eral me­dia really cared. They were only wait­ing for Trump to say some­thing they con­sid­ered po­lit­i­cally of­fen­sive so they could start pound­ing out their se­lec­tive out­rage.

Did Trump call Hil­lary “a nasty woman”? Did he re­fer to il­le­gal im­mi­grants who com­mit crimes as “bad hombres”? Did he call Hil­lary “a pup­pet” first, or did she call him one first?

Though the Hil­lary Me­dia tried to make each of those trump­isms into a war crime, af­ter 15 months, they weren’t news­wor­thy. They were just new vari­a­tions of what Don­ald al­ways says.

But when he told mod­er­a­tor Chris Wal­lace he wasn’t will­ing to say he’d au­to­mat­i­cally ac­cept the re­sults of the elec­tion and might chal­lenge them if he thought there was some­thing fishy,it wrecked his whole night.

It may have been com­mon sense, but it guar­an­teed that the Hil­lary Me­dia would get up early and spend all day Thurs­day talk­ing about Dic­ta­tor Trump be­ing an un­prece­dented en­emy of Amer­i­can democ­racy, vi­o­lat­ing the sanc­tity of the bal­lot box.

The jour­nal­ists were too par­ti­san to re­mem­ber Al Gore not con­ced­ing in 2000 and other Democrats — like Hil­lary, Bernie and Barack — us­ing the “rigged” word to de­scribe var­i­ous as­pects of the elec­toral process.

If Trump says the sys­tem is rigged, Western Civ­i­liza­tion is at risk.

It’s not that the Hil­lary Me­dia would have been talk­ing about the lat­est Wik­ileaks rev­e­la­tions or in­ves­ti­gat­ing what the holy Clin­ton Foun­da­tion did wrong in Haiti.

But Trump’s mis­take made it easy for them to con­tinue ig­nor­ing Hil­lary, her health is­sues and the work­ings of her crime fam­ily.

Trump’s mis­take also did not help the Repub­li­can Party’s chances to keep the Sen­ate and House this fall.

But Trump won’t change. He can’t change, no mat­ter how much help his trainer Kellyanne Con­way gives him. He can’t pivot.

He can’t even look pres­i­den­tial. Hil­lary can fake a grandma smile with the best of them, but Trump wore a per­ma­nent scowl at the de­bate.

Trump didn’t help him­self at the de­bate. In fact, he may have pounded the last nail into his own cof­fin.

I just hope that if in early Novem­ber the polls show he’s go­ing to get blown away, he doesn’t go into a scorchedearth pol­icy like Jimmy Carter did in 1980.

Trump may have no chance of win­ning, but for the sake of the Repub­li­can Party and the coun­try he needs to fight all the way to the fin­ish. The only thing worse than Pres­i­dent Hil­lary is Pres­i­dent Hil­lary and a Demo­cratic Congress.

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