As Donald Trump keeps saying, politicians are stupid. And that, apparently, includes politicians Trump and Clinton. Case in point is the flap over his recent anti-Hillary retweet. It featured a six-pointed star, emblazoned with “Most Corrupt Politician Ever!” But what caused the flap was the star, itself.
Trump’s opponents immediately jumped on the art, saying he was identifying Clinton with the six-pointed Jewish Star-of-David, suggesting that Jews are criminal financiers. To make matters worse, the art originated at 8ch.net/pol, a message board largely devoted to white supremacist comments, according to News.Mic.
And David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard, loved it.
Avid Donald Trump supporter and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was a big fan of the presumptive GOP nominee’s controversial tweet over the weekend, which was widely read as anti-Semitic.
After the Trump camp pulled an anti-Hillary Clinton tweet that included a six-point star and posted an edited version, Duke tweeted Saturday that he welcomes the exposure of “the hidden hand.”
By the way, it was also stupid for Trump to refuse to turn down the endorsement of Duke in February, claiming he didn’t know who David Duke is.
Duke has said for whites to vote against Trump is “treason to your heritage.”
Back to the “star” retweet, Trump’s people immediately pulled it down, and replaced the image with a circle, but the damage had been done. To make matters worse, Trump tried to say that the “star” was actually a six-pointed “sheriff’s badge,” but, dude, any kid who’s played cowboy knows that a sheriff’s badge has little circles at the end of each point. He should have just said, “my bad,” and moved on.
Does this mean Trump is a white supremacist or anti-Semitic? Certainly not. He just likes to retweet things without thinking. In this case, he saw the “Most Corrupt Politician” in a starburst, and probably thought it looked like one of those “As Seen on TV” late-night commercials that get people excited. (“But, wait, there’s more!!”)
Another example was his retweeting quotes of Goebbels and Mussolini.
“It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” While it’s not a bad message, when put into context of the original speaker, it’s scary. Trump just needs to stop and think.
You know who else doesn’t “stop and think?” Bill Clinton. He’s as impetuous as Trump, and also gets himself (and his wife) in trouble for not thinking.
Bill’s latest flub was in going to see current Attorney General Loretta Lynch, when her plane was on the tarmac. It’s not like he “arranged” the meeting. But he just went to see her because, well, he’s the former president, and he does what he wants.
Could he really have thought he could impact the investigation of Hillary’s email situation? What could he have said that would have made a difference? But Hot Air does point out the appearance of impropriety.
Lynch apparently thought so, too, since she “insisted that her security detail remain at her side while Clinton was onboard her aircraft so that the ex-President and the Attorney General would not be alone together.” Dumb, dumb, dumb, Bill.
Also, back in April, Bill risked offending Hillary’s most loyal constituency, when he got into an argument with a heckler about “Black Lives Matter.”
The former president spent more than 10 minutes confronting the protesters at a campaign rally in Philadelphia for his wife over criticisms that the crime bill he approved while president led to a surge in the imprisonment of black people. . .
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children,” he said, shaking his finger at a heckler as Clinton supporters cheered, according to video of the event. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She (Hillary Clinton) didn’t.”
“You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” he told a protester. “Tell the truth.”
Hillary Clinton promised to end “mass incarceration” in the first major speech of her campaign last year.
We could point to many times when Trump or Bill Clinton have stuck their foot in their mouth, or done something stupid. Really good politicians do tend to be “stupid” in this way—impetuous, spontaneous, shooting from the hip, and speaking from the heart.
That’s why Hillary Clinton seldom gets into this kind of trouble. Her errors are scripted and intentional, such as when she said she would, “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
Hillary’s errors don’t happen as often, but the fact that they’re premeditated makes them worse.