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Four words Destroyed Trump’s electability; Others Destroyed His Integrity

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While it is too early to forecast how polls will be affected, it is universally accepted that Clinton was victorious in Monday night’s debate. And despite Donald Trump’s countless gaffes, what I find most fascinating is that the man is standing behind his words and his performance.

“I thought it went really well,” he told Fox News Tuesday morning. “I mean, I had some hostile questions, but that was ok. I thought it went really well.”

He did, however, suggest that in the following debates he may “hit her harder” and suggested that he may raise the subject of her husband’s previous infidelities.

“When she hit me at the end with the women, I was going to hit her with her husband’s women, and I decided I shouldn’t do it.. I didn’t feel comfortable doing it with Chelsea in the room, I think Chelsea is a fine young lady.”

CNN’s sole Trump supporter, Scottie Nell Hughes, had an interesting perspective on this, and the following exchange is… Well, just watch.

So, basically, in response to Clinton’s very accurate statements about demeaning and demoralizing words Trump uses repeatedly against women, he was then going to further demean and demoralize Clinton for her husband’s infidelities? When it is also a fact that Trump himself has committed adultery multiple times? No, instead he does what a class act would do: Refrains from this attack when Clinton could easily turn the tables and instead brags to the press about not going there the following day. Ugh.

Backlash and media circus aside, I think it is truly the content of the debate that was most shocking.. In particular, a very simple four-word interruption from Trump when pressed about his obvious tax evasion:

“That makes me smart.”

Yes. I, too, choked on my scotch and soda. And said to my friends: “He just lost the election.” Take a look at the context Hillary offered that provoked such a response:

“You’ve got to ask yourself, why won’t he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching to night, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.”

She is absolutely right. The IRS has come forward and stated that Trump is in no way forbidden from offering his tax returns despite being under audit. Given this, he deflects and suggests that he will release his tax returns when “she releases her emails.” He also states his lawyers have advised him against it. Ok. Why? Why should you be the only candidate in over 40 years that hasn’t released his tax returns? Is it maybe because they are consistent with the tax returns we do have of yours, which prove you paid zero in taxes?

And you think that makes you smart!?

Your integrity has been completely lost on so many things throughout the years, not the least of which was your statement the following day attacking Hillary for her husband’s transgressions. But paying zero in federal taxes and claiming that makes you “smart?” That should deem you unelectable.

Clinton summarized it best at a rally in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday. “Now, if not paying taxes makes Donald Trump smart, what does that make the rest of us?” she offered.

Exactly.

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LGBT Rights: Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders

Sanders-vs-Clinton1In case some of you missed the first democratic debate last Tuesday, allow me to bring you up to speed. It was not the moronic shit-show we are used to with the Republican debates, and instead was an engaging, interesting discussion between mostly intelligent people. While I would encourage everyone to watch the entire debate, if you are pressed for time, I recommend at least catching up on the greatest moments below.

I don’t know about anyone else, but in the past, I’ve loathed the presence of LGBT questions at many different debates, as it seemingly always results in at least one candidate’s homophobia being put on display. This debate was different, however. There was very little mention of the LGBT community at all. I believe the reason for this is that it is understood that each democratic candidate is a champion of LGBT rights, at this point.

Who can forget Hillary’s infamous 2011 speech in Geneva, when she called for global support for the LGBT community. Still, Clinton is often criticized for being “late to the game” on supporting same-sex marriage. The Economist called her move a “belated conversion” and deemed it “cautious to the point of cowardice.” Still, Hillary has since offered her full support, and I stand with many in the LGBT community who have watched our own family and friends evolve over time, understanding that doesn’t always happen overnight.

Representative Bernie Sanders, however, has been a longtime, fervent supporter, long before LGBT rights were even a hot-button issue. Check out a letter he published in the early 1970’s where he called for further LGBT support:
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So, with Hillary’s initial lack of support and change of heart, naturally people begin to question her authenticity. “You know, somebody is always first,” Clinton told NPR in 2013. “Somebody’s always out front and thank goodness they are. But that doesn’t mean that those who joined later in being publicly supportive or even privately accepting that there needs to be change are any less committed. You could not be having the sweep of marriage equality across our country if nobody changed their mind. And thank goodness so many of us have.”

Currently, on both candidate’s websites, you can check out where they stand on LGBT issues, and it seems they are both aligned. Now that gay marriage has been voted a constitutional right, it is now a focus to end discrimination with housing and employment. It is true that Sanders was lightyears ahead of Hillary on that issue, but they have both certainly ended up in the same place, and they are running for president now, not in previous decades.

What I am most impressed by is what solid supporters and allies we have in these candidates. It was lovely to watch a debate and not have to worry that in some way, one of the candidates was going to decimate the LGBT community. Instead, we could go in knowing that each candidate will champion support, and ultimately our decisions can come down to other issues including race relations, gun control, environment, etc. Such a sweet relief from the homophobic, racist, sexist circuses that are the republican debates.