Trumped! The Donald defies critics again
Donald Trump has yet again shattered expectations by prevailing in his bid for the presidency.
After more than a year of proving his critics wrong, Donald Trump again shattered expectations and prevailed in his race for the highest office in the land.
Despite his undisciplined, hostile and demeaning rhetoric on the campaign trail, The Donald trumped his ankle-biters in gathering enough electoral support Tuesday, and now he reigns supreme.
The former reality TV star can take his show to the White House.
We hoped our country’s contemporary fascination with him would fade before the obvious danger of a Trump presidency. That the blustery billionaire managed to hijack the party of Lincoln with his racist and misogynist ways suggests darker times ahead for the country.
Unless, that is, Trump’s act has been an act, and as President Trump he has a more serious agenda in store.
Democrats share in the blame in allowing this gamble.
The party was too loyal in narrowing Hillary Clinton’s path to nomination, and the result was an ossified candidate with enough baggage to fill a truck, whose reliance on the Democratic machine prevented her from making a convincing argument.
Though we saw the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as easily the more qualified candidate in the race, her various scandals were too much for too many voters to bear.
Women still waiting
Ninety-six years after the nation secured women’s right to vote into the Constitution, the American people decided Clinton was not the one to lead them as the first female president.
Clinton went into the final two days of the election cycle freshly cleared of wrongdoing by FBI director James Comey. No doubt the entire jarring episode over her peculiar e-mail arrangement as secretary of state played a role in the closeness of the race in its final days.
Yes, the FBI director’s announcement ended more than a week of renewed questions about Clinton’s private server. But Comey’s announcement — 11 days before voting concluded — that agents were searching for Secretary of State e-mails on the laptop of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner siphoned away the energy Clinton gained after an old video and the accusations of nearly 20 women created a portrait of Trump as a serial sexual abuser.
Making matters worse, Americans should remember that Comey’s decision to announce the new probe — whether they agree with his rationale or find it the stuff of political meddling —represented a breach of Justice Department protocol against releasing information that needlessly interfered with a national election.
And Americans shouldn’t forget that the nation’s top intelligence officials believe that Russia was behind the repeated and one-sided WikiLeaks releases of e-mails hacked from Democratic Party and Clinton campaign leaders that helped erode Clinton’s chances.
For all that, many of the above problems were either caused or exacerbated by Clinton’s arrogance.
Long before she entered the race, for example, the Clinton family should have shut down or permanently stepped away from the Clinton Foundation that raised the continued specter of pay-to-play politics that concern so many Americans. No wonder voters struggled. Attacks on the media Speaking of reporters, Trump also mocked a disabled print reporter and then lied about it. And then hoping to energize his supporters with a belief that everything was rigged against him, Trump went after the fourth estate. That’s fine — journalists are accustomed to handling criticism for hard-hitting reports. But instead of substantively responding to a series of investigative stories that found or suggested wrongdoing by his businesses and charitable practices, Trump accused the media of lying.
The truth is Trump hired an extremist media mogul from Breitbart, putting his money behind the kind of journalism that no longer even pretends to be objective. Sites like Breitbart and Drudge Report helped contribute to an echo chamber that poisoned the public debate.
We ask that readers peacefully accept the outcome of this election. Now is the time for more rational minds and sturdy hearts to reform our broken system.
With Trump as our president, there will be a lot of work to do.
Perhaps with his energy and enthusiasm for challenging the gridlock and dysfunction so many of us find so repulsive, and a gifted team of advisers at his side, a President Trump can bring needed reform.
This summer he promised we’d need to look for “so much winning” when he became president. He said there would be so much winning we would tire of it.
Now he has the chance to prove it.