Whenever I write about the many problems, failures, lies and con jobs of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, the response from his rabid fans usually claim that (1) I’m a Democrat, (2) I’m liberal and (3) I must support Hillary Clinton.
As one of my lawyer friends likes to say, those who make those claims are “assuming facts not in evidence.”
In the 1990s, when I was blistering then President Bill Clinton and his wife in columns here on Capitol Hill Blue and in Op-Ed pieces for newspapers, those who disagreed said I was a “right winger” or “Republican shill.”
Reminds me of advice I received from Jim Echols, the city editor at The Roanoke Times, where I started my daily newspaper career as a 17-year-old reporter in 1965.
“If both sides are pissed at you, you’re doing your job,” he said.
In a political panel at Washington & Lee University earlier this year, I was asked about my “political affiliation.”
“Don’t have one,” I answered. “I’m a political agnostic. ”
Then I was asked which candidate I preferred for President.
“None of the above,” I said. “I can’t find a candidate in the primary races of any party that I feel is qualified to lead our country.”
That answer came when the Republican field was still crowded with wannabees and Socialist Bernie Sanders was winning primaries before he eventually lost the Democratic nod to Hillary Clinton.
My opinion on the failure of any party to field a qualified candidate stands.
Most of the opinion columns written by me in recent weeks have concentrated on what I see as Donald Trump’s incredible inability to be a President. In my opinion — an opinion based on more than a half century of either covering national political conventions as a newspaperman or my 12 year sabbatical on the “dark side” as a political operative — Donald Trump is a sociopath and a serious threat to America.
There is no way I would ever vote for a madman like Trump for President.
But that does not mean I either support or will vote for Clinton. I don’t cast votes “against someone.” If I can’t find someone to support, I normally don’t vote and I have not voted in several Presidential elections over the past five decades.
As both a newspaperman and a voter, I see too many unanswered questions about Hillary Clinton in her actions as Secretary of State in Barack Obama’s first term and some serious questions about the relationship between her husband’s foundation and the State Department when she ran it.
In a sobering piece by Philip Rucker of The Washington Post over the weekend, he found millennial voters — the block that helped put Obama in office either years ago — said a choice between Clinton and Trump “feels like a joke.”
These voters were embarrassed and ashamed that Clinton and Trump are the best the country has to offer. Of the more than 70 millennials interviewed by The Washington Post, only a small fraction sounded genuinely enthusiastic about a candidate.
Though a few people voiced admiration for Clinton, most talked about both her and Trump in searing, caustic words: Super villain. Evil. Chameleon. Racist. Criminal. Egomaniac. Narcissist. Sociopath. Liar. Lying cutthroat. Panderer. Word salad. Willy-nilly. Douche. Joker. Troll. Oompa Loompa. Sad. Absurd. Horrifying. Dishonest. Disgusting. Dangerous. Disaster.
In this election, I’m listening to the kids. They’ve got it right.
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